Essential Reads

Why Study Expertise?

The study of expertise has implications for psychology, education, coaching, and artificial intelligence. It emphasizes the positive aspects of the human mind.

Why Is Neuroticism So Toxic?

By Christopher Bergland on February 03, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroticism is widely considered the most toxic of the "Big Five" personality traits. Read this blog post for some easy tips on how-to become less neurotic.

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

College Athletes May Be More Depressed Than You Think

Similar to the compulsive exerciser whose tireless adherence to fitness most people admire, many college athletes may be struggling beneath a veneer of achievement.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

Blake Griffin's Mea Culpa

How Blake Griffin could earn back the trust of fans and supporters after being a bully

What James Bond Teaches Us About Life

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2016 The Act of Violence
What can we learn about toughness from James Bond? Use these five tools for more mental and physical stamina.

Alone Together and Going Downhill

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Play in Mind
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.

Cam Newton Walks, Chews Gum, and Throws Touchdown Passes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Black Belt Brain
We've all known people who "can't walk and chew gum at the same time." Here's why Cam Newton can do all that and more.

Cam, Class, and Color

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 Minority Report
Have you wondered why Cam Newton is getting so much vitriol and attention as he will soon make his first Superbowl appearance? Well some believe it's because he's Black....

How Wives Contest The Australian Open Men’s Tennis Final

Their investigation found married players suffered a significant decrease in ranking points between the year before getting married, and the year after...

An Open Religious Market

Religions in America must adapt to changing conditions in order to survive in a competitive marketplace.

Creating an Exercise Health Habit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Black Belt Brain
What's the shortest commitment you need to create a positive health habit? It's less and more than you think.

Every Day Can Be a Good Day of Sports Training

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 The Power of Prime
One of the most frequent comments I hear from the athletes I work with is: “I had a lousy day of training.” This statement is accompanied by bad-feeling emotions.

Running IS Meditation

Running is not about running for me anymore. It's meditation.

Simple Tips to Enhance Training Effectiveness

Could your team's trainings be more effective? A few simple tips can help!

Should We Protect Our Kids From the Stress of Youth Sports?

By Garth Sundem on January 12, 2016 Brain Trust
Kids sobbed as they exited the climbing competition through what my wife aptly named the “Tunnel of Tears”. And into this mix, we send our kind, humble 9-year-old?

Grit Revisited

Does grit apply at the team level, and is team or collective grit more than the sum of the grit scores of the individuals who comprise the team?

The Psychology of Going to War

War is a male activity; organized fighting and killing by groups of women has simply not existed anywhere, ever. Does war really boil down to guys trying to "get the girl?"

An Olympic Champion’s Holiday Gift #3: Risk

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 The Power of Prime
Risk taking is essential for success in sports. You just can’t play it safe and expect to win. Taking risks can mean the difference between goals achieved and hopes dashed.

Risk, Reality, and Croquet in the Age of Alarm

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 Play in Mind
...we do, in fact, now live in a healthier, wealthier, more tolerant, less violent, and more secure world than ever.

Community Service: Teens Make Great Play Advocates

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 03, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Teens have helped with community play activities from the beginning. They are energetic and creative, plus young children look up to them.

Love What You Do, Pour Your Heart Into It and You'll Succeed

Do you need some motivation to kick-start your New Year's Resolutions? In this blog post, Christopher Bergland shares his personal story of becoming a Guinness World Record holder.

Disciplinary Problems and Bullying in Youth Sports

Removal from sports is a last resort that should occur only after reasonable efforts have been made to correct the problem.

Concussion: Psychotherapy for Football

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on December 27, 2015 Reel Therapy
This movie lays out the crisis in football. What is this threat and how can it be psychologically adapted to?

Let's Stop Using the Word "Disabled" To Limit People

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 23, 2015 Black Belt Brain
There is no such thing as a category of "able" and and another of "disabled". All areas of human achievement span a continuum of ability and performance.

And the Winner Is... Miss Universe 2016

Why are so many people (especially non-pageant fans) fascinated by the mis-crowning?

How to Start a Play Committee in Your Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 19, 2015 Moral Landscapes
People of all ages love to play and all you have to do to build a play community is find the playful folks around you.

12 Days of Non-Tech Gift Giving

Get "real" toys this year! Here are 12 gift categories for children that encourage imagination, bonding, movement, and of course loads of family fun.

Psychological Rehab After Sports Injury

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 18, 2015 The Power of Prime
When athletes get injured, their minds get damaged too, yet little attention is paid to the importance of “mental rehab” to a complete and timely recovery and return to sport.

My Advice to a Baseball Player in a Slump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 18, 2015 How To Do Life
Lessons that may apply to any of us that are on a bad streak.

An Olympic Champion’s Holiday Gift #2: Fight

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 14, 2015 The Power of Prime
It’s normal to get nervous before a competition, particularly a big one. You’re putting all of your efforts on the line and you want to succeed really badly.

An Olympic Champion’s 3 Holiday Gifts: #1 is Disappointment

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 11, 2015 The Power of Prime
No one likes to be disappointed. Your heart aches for the opportunity lost. But not allowing yourself to feel disappointed is another opportunity lost and a lesson not learned.

How Important are Mental Components of Success?

Sports psychologists think mental aspects of performance are so critical, they make careers out of it.

Demystifying Sport Concussion Baseline Testing

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 08, 2015 Brain Trauma
While the controversial movie "Concussion" draws attention, one important preseason test plays an important supporting role. Here's the bottom line on baseline testing.