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Posted 06/10/2022 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

What Is New? Developments in Mental Toughness Research and Practice

Today marks a landmark in the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast where the show has been running for 2 years without missing a week.  As a result, 2 very special guests and pioneers in the field Doug Strycharczyk and Dr John Perry join me.  Together we discuss the third edition of their book alongside Professor Peter Clough, Developing Mental Toughness, we chat about new developments to the 4C’s Mental Toughness model.  Doug and John also share their thoughts on where research and practice is heading sharing insights into Mental Toughness and its relationships with innovation, trust and Mental Health.

Key Learning Points:

  • The development of the eight factors in the four Cs Mental Toughness model include the introduction of goal orientation, achievement orientation, risk orientation and learning orientation.
  • The eight factor framework for mental toughness has brought a new lens to understanding how other people behave.  We’ve been looking at things like trust, innovation, curiosity and more recently vulnerability.
  • Goal orientation is the extent to which you are likely to be motivated by targets.
  • Achievement orientation is the extent to which you make sure that you stick in to meet that target or goal.
  • Learning orientation links to the question – do you keep making the same mistakes?
  • In sport a lot of people struggle with reflection and repeating mistakes.  Age may have something to do with this.
  • There is potential for developing some really interesting solutions for lots of people through the Mental Toughness lens moving forwards.
  • The 4C’s model is sufficiently complex, in that it represents people and the future is very exciting where we have many options to continue on the great work already done.

Connect with Dr John Perry:

Twitter: @johnperry81

Email: John.Perry@mic.ul.ie

Connect with Doug Strycharczyk:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougstrycharczyk/

Email: headoffice@aqr.co.uk


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To Listen to the Full Podcast Episodes

Ep001: Doug Strycharczyk – The Importance of Mental Toughness

Ep028: Peter Clough MBE – Why is Mental Toughness Important?

Ep035: Dr John Perry – Thrive, Don’t Just Survive 2021

Ep050: Doug Strycharczyk, Peter Clough MBE & Dr John Perry – Mental Strength Does Not Guarantee Success 

Ep109: Maria Jeffers – How to master the mental side of horse riding

Other Useful Resources

5 Reasons team captains should work with a Sports Psychologist

Blog – Mental-Toughness is a Hugely Valuable Trait

Blog – Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment


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