Visualisation

  What is visualisation?   Visualisation – also called ‘imagery’ or ‘mental rehearsal’ is one of the key psychological skills available to enhance performance. It is the process of mentally creating an experience or intention, typically from memory, which imitates reality. We all visualise when we day dream or see things in our mind’s eye. Many successful athletes routinely use …

What Sport Psychology has learnt from Stoicism

Rewind if you will over 2000 years to early 3rd century BC Athens and a group of passionate philosophers teaching in front of a painted porch (A ‘stoa’ from which the term Stoic derives). As well as theorizing about the big questions around the nature of life, being, and morality, Stoicism sought to apply these principles and theories to practical …

The Rise of Johanna Konta –dedication to mental training pays dividends

Johanna Konta’s story is one of humble inspiration. Last week she became the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon semi-final since the iconic Virginia Wade in 1978. In the last two years Konta has surged through the rankings from 146th to world Number 4, becoming only the fourth British woman in history to make the top 5 alongside the …

The New Science of Stress

The New Science of Stress – What if we change our approach to stress?   In Kelly McGonigal’s fascinating TED Talk ‘How to make stress your friend’ she suggests after years of discussing stress as the enemy it is time to rethink our approach to stress. A recent study in the US asked 30,000 adults over an 8-year period ‘how …

Increasing Happiness through Gratitude and Kindness

Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Happiness The psychology of gratitude has been the subject of recent research and experimental evidence (Emmons & McCullough, 2003) suggests that practicing gratitude is a way to quickly and sustainably improve mood. Moreover, being thankful might be the key to raising your happiness ‘set-point’. Counting blessings versus burdens Dr. Robert A. Emmons carried out research with …

The New Science of Happiness – 2

The here and now Some might say that this balance of 10% contribution of life circumstances to 40% everyday activities means that to be happy, long-term plans and goals should be ignored in favour of the here and now. After all, why bother to strive for a better job if it won’t increase your happiness? Surely it’s better to just …

The New Science of Happiness

The New Science of Happiness Ask most people what they really want in life and the most frequent answer is ‘to be happy’. If they don’t answer directly with happiness, people usually say things such as more money, improved health or better relationships. Probe them further as to why these things and the answer will generally come back to the …