Why is performing under pressure often so difficult? What strategies can help us deliver our best performance? How can we boost our self-confidence?
The Psychology of Performance explores the key psychological factors that affect our ability to cope under pressure, whether it’s competing in a sport, appearing in front of an audience, or meeting a tight deadline. It looks at how we develop skills through learning and practice, and how self-confidence and decision-making can be sharpened to boost our expertise. The book explains how to develop the best mindset for performance, and shows how factors such as sleep, nutrition, and rest and recovery can influence our moods and how we function.
When we need to perform a task with little room for error, The Psychology of Performance helps us to understand how to do this to the best of our ability.
Table of Contents
Learning the ropes: becoming an expert
The impact of confidence on performance
Making the right decision when it counts
Factors determining psychological performance
Practicing for performance
About the Author
Stewart T. Cotterill is a Consultant Sport and Performance Psychologist, and a leadership and performance researcher at the AECC University College, UK.
About the Series
The Psychology of Everything
People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We've all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they're thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life's biggest questions.
The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.
Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.