Values Clarification: a Novel Strategy to Reduce the Chances of Choking under Pressure

Values Clarification: a Novel Strategy to Reduce the Chances of Choking under Pressure

Imagine how it would feel to be standing on the green of the 18th hole of a major LPGA tournament, on the final day, with a 1-stroke lead. With the only obstacle standing between you and the biggest win of your career being a 1-foot putt that you could nail in your sleep, standing on one foot, with both eyes closed. Then imagine how it would feel to miss that putt in front of your peers, friends, family, and a worldwide TV audience...and lose the tournament moments later on the first hole of a…


Naturals vs. Strivers. Do we unconsciously favor those who appear more naturally gifted?

"Naturals" vs. "Strivers." Do We Unconsciously Favor Those Who Appear More Naturally Gifted?

Let’s say that you have only one opening in your teaching studio, but two students who want to study with you. They’re both the same age, and both excellent and accomplished players already who play at the same level. The only difference is that one seems to be more naturally gifted, while the other, who is still talented of course, appears to have gotten to where they are through great dedication and hard work. Which young musician would you choose to accept? Upside In coverage of the NBA (or…


Why Trying to Fight Anxiety and Negative Emotions May Only Make Things Worse.

Developing Research Which Suggests That Trying to Fight Anxiety May Only Make Things Worse

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who lived on a farm and was watching his father struggle to get a cow into their barn. The father pushed and pleaded and swore at the cow, but to no avail. The harder he tried, the more stubborn the cow became. Eventually, the boy went over to help. But not in the way you might think. Rather than pushing the cow with his father, the boy did the opposite. He went over to the cow’s tail, gave it a good pull in the opposite direction, at which point the cow…


Perfect Shmerfect. The Stage of Practicing When More “Mistakes” Is Better for Learning.

I tried to teach my kids how to play Mario Kart when they were 1 and 3. You can probably imagine how it went. They spent most of their time swerving all over the road, falling off the track into water, getting completely turned around and going the wrong direction, or stuck in a corner (which kind of makes me cringe in anticipation of real driving lessons when they’re 16…). Of course, such errors and mistakes are to be expected anytime we learn a new skill. At first, our performance is highly…