Sports Optimism: Building a Positive Mental Attitude in Sport

IntroductionCognitive psychologists suggest that an individual athlete’s “explanatory style” is a significant factor in influencing sports performance. Individuals with an optimistic explanatory style consistently outperform those with a pessimistic explanatory style. [Seligman, (1990); Hanrahan & Grove (1990)]. Their work is based on ‘attribution theory’ – ie. on how people explain ‘good’ and ‘bad’ events that…...

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