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.

Remember Boston: Intimation of Post-Traumatic Stress

Individual responses to disastrous events are variable. Most people react, but many are more resilient than mental health professionals might expect. At the same time, it is important to monitor for difficulties, some of which may be manifest in bodily reactions, not just our thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, creating meaning—even from senseless acts—aids healing.

Remember Boston: Three Stories

A month after the Boston Marathon—and the bombings—I begin a three-part series about three Boston Marathon runners. A runner, injured before the explosions, was in the medical tent when those affected began coming in....How will she cope, in the immediate aftermath and as she contemplates running again?

A Rose by Any Other Name? De-constructing Sport Psychology

By taking apart the term “sport psychology”, we can learn a lot about both sport and the practice of psychology. It’s not just an academic exercise: Whether you’re on the field of play or "sidelined" as coach or parent—and especially if you’d like to be working with any of those people—being accurate is important.

The Process of Change: Being a Learner

Letting ourselves learn can be an important way to maintain our New Years Resolutions...and enjoy the process.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Want to sustain those warm turkey thoughts? Try feeling grateful. Thinking, writing, and/or speaking your appreciation improves your sense of self and connection with others.

Developmental Questions

Sorting out the mystery of professional development...with the aid of a painting.

Being an Excellentist

If you're a performer in any field, it's really important to be a perfectionist. The energy, focus, and drive keep you training, practicing, and learning. As Maggie, a runner returning to her sport, realized, though, the pressure and tension that's often a part of being a perfectionist can interfere with optimal performance. What if you were an excellentist, instead?

Cut the Waist: A Follow-up Open Letter to Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto

Dear Mayor Ford, I wrote to you in February, shortly after you had made a public commitment to lose 50 pounds in five months. Then, I shared some thoughts about goal setting, information derived largely from sport psychology.

Getting to Yes...Or No

When it comes to decision making, what’s a person to do? And who has the power, anyway?