Yes, And...

The rule of improvisational theater is that you accept whatever your partner throws at you and move on from there. "Yes, and" applies to everyday life, too.

#MeToo: The Torrent Continues

Another voice is added to the heartfelt chorus: women who have experienced inappropriate, unwanted sexual advances. We must keep speaking out.
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The "One-Two" Method

A positive perspective is important and useful—but acknowledging feelings before shifting to rationality can be valuable.

The "Lazy" Edge

Setting goals and striving as hard as you can is great—except when it backfires. A paradoxical story within a story illustrates the challenge and points to a solution.

The 80% Edge

We may want to perform at our best, but at times illness, injury, or life events conspire to limit what we can truly expect of ourselves.How then can we maximize our performance?

The Transient Hypofrontality Edge

"Transient hypofrontality" is an elegant term to describe the possible mechanism for why running and other physical activity can alter our thought processes.

Edgy Goal Setting

SMART goals are a great idea. But how do you actually implement them? Interval Goal Setting is a straightforward way to use your own performance to set new goals.

The Anti-Entropy Edge

In our lives, we tend to find the easy way out—but that can backfire. Here are some ideas about creative, present-moment engagement.

Butterfly Professions: Handling the Ending Edge

Coping at an early age with the end of a career that's defined who you are--for athletes and dancers--offers challenges and solutions.

Athletes and Performing Artists: They're All Around You

This is an exciting moment when organizations and structures are increasingly connecting the performance issues and mental skills of both athletes and performing artists.

Writing: The Inner Edge—Part II

Writing is different from immediate performance, yet it shares a number of aspects with performance. General principles help make the process and outcome more productive.

What's a Parent to Do? The Advice Edge

How do you discuss your child's performance with them? The timing and content are important for good results. This applies to our own performance, too.

Let's Pretend!

Handling challenging situations in a constructive way can involve resolving past issues and addressing future concerns so that you can live most effectively in the present.

The Imagery Edge--Part II

How can a cucumber decrease tension? Maybe you've imagined the answer. Three stories illustrate our unique, individualized ways of using imagery for optimal performance.

The Vacation Edge

Our past experiences can help guide us toward more fulfilling futures--whether the elusive "work/life balance" or setting goals for the next competition.

The Imagery Edge--Part I

Imagery is one of the key psychological skills for optimal performance. In this story, a tennis player develops images to help cope with post-surgical pain.

Grown-Up Summer Camp

Intensive, immersive programs provide us with the opportunity to increase particular skills over a short period of time. To make full use of these programs, we can prepare intentionally, absorb as much as possible during the program, and take time to reflect and learn afterward.

Unique Musical "Chairs"

What training opportunities exist for professional musicians who want to incorporate knowledge and skills in performance psychology? Where might they go to augment their expertise, whether as a professor, a licensed mental health practitioner with a specialty niche, or a mental skills coach for other musicians?

The Body Knows: Part II

This follow-up to an earlier post tracks changes and lessons learned about the body-mind connection for three people: an injured athlete, a harried executive, and an overworked older person.a combination of reflection and small changes can shift the mental and physical manifestations of stress.

Twelve Reasons for Singing

The positive psychological effects of singing are numerous, ranging from the pure impact of breathing diaphragmatically and the ways in which proper breathing calms and focuses us, through the benefits of distraction, mastery, cognition, emotion, and connection.

An Attitude of Curiosity

What happens when you try learning something new, approaching it with an attitude of curiosity rather than self-judgment? So much can be learned, both expected and unanticipated. This personal blog uses a drawing class to illustrate the point.

The Depressive Edge? Going Downhill After the Race

Even though exercise is a natural way to improve your mood, many people experience all the symptoms of depression after a race--even if they did well. There are many possible explanations for this, from the purely physical to the purely psychological. And lots of things you can do about it, too.

The Body Knows--Part I

Even when we discount or ignore our thoughts and feelings, there's a back-up, fail safe plan: Our bodies tell us in ways that get us to take action on our own behalf.

What's Running Through Your Mind?

Endurance events—marathon races are among the most challenging—involve dedicated and systematic mental as well as physical energy. Running three minutes faster can be as much about what you say to yourself as how hard you train.

What Would You Advise?

Even if you train according to plan, there may be snags when race day comes. A blog reader posted some examples. Here are general principles about goals, focus, emotions, and re-calibrating--and then ways a Psyching Team member might actually assist a runner.

Pre-Performance Readiness: Crank It Up or Settle It Down?

Recent research suggests that getting excited leads to better performance. The mind-body connection is more complicated, though, and finding the best method for your own pre-performance readiness may involve a combination of methods.

Mind Over Marathon: Developing a “Psyching Team”

What are Psyching Teams, anyway? Information about what’s involved, from activities to organizing…and some opportunities to learn from our experiences.

Who's a "Sport Psychologist?"

If you want to work with a "sport psychologist", who do you go to? It's less obvious than it may seem. Figuring out who is competent and what's the best "fit" may be the most important things to consider.

Remember Boston—Running Forward

This story, of a spectator at this year's Boston Marathon who used his experience to fuel human connection and a drive toward accomplishment, helps us understand and appreciate resilience.

Research on Internet Harassment

Has someone intruded into your privacy online, used the Internet or mobile phone technology to harm your reputation, or stalked you online? You're invited to participate in research on the subject. An opportunity for all of us to learn...and become safer.