Vulnerability: ripples from reflections on mental toughness

Uphill, M. A. and Hemmings, B. (2016) Vulnerability: ripples from reflections on mental toughness. The Sport Psychologist. pp. 1-24. ISSN 0888-4781.

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The aim of this paper is to present a critical reflection on mental toughness using a creative analytic practice. In particular, we move from intra-personal technical reflections to an altogether more inter-personal cultural analysis that (re)considers some of the assumptions that can underpin sport psychology practice. Specifically, in the ripples that extend from these initial technical reflections, we argue that it is important to understand vulnerability, and consider (a) wounded healers, (b) the ideology of individualism, and (c) the survivor bias to help make sense of current thinking and applied practice. Emerging from these ripples are a number of implications (naming elephants, tellability, neoliberalism) from which sport psychologists may reflect upon to enhance their own practice. In making visible the invisible, we conclude that vulnerability can no longer be ignored in sport psychology discourse, research, and practice. Should this story of vulnerability resonate, we encourage you, where appropriate to share this story.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0706 Sports psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Mark Uphill
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 09:12
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 09:49

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