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18 Jun 2017

Are some of us lazy?

Posted by powerwithwords in Psychology

There are many angles to look at this dilemma, but let’s focus on two; 1. Want, 2. Need. Want Based on piles of evidence, if we want something we tend to put more effort into getting it than if we need something. We examine much more possibilities of acquiring whatever it is we want and less time allowing our insecurities or emotions to stop us. However, just because we want something doesn’t mean we will do what is necessary to get it. Need Need[...] Continue Reading...

09 Jun 2017

Thinking

Posted by powerwithwords in Psychology

Our brains are made to think, and it is natural. We think about all kinds of things, and some of the thoughts have emotions attached to them. This is where we can find ourselves fighting our thoughts instead of acknowledging them and let the thoughts pass. We tend to dwell on negative issues, even though we have complete control to let them pass and focus on constructive ways to fix negative issues. In so many cases, we become so accustomed to focusing on negative thoughts that we find ourselves[...] Continue Reading...

04 Jun 2017

CHANGE

Posted by powerwithwords in Psychology

What is it about change that becomes very difficult for people to accept? What do they say, “The three things that you can always count on is; taxes, death, and change.” And we hate them all! But, why change? Is it because we become used to our current situation that any change is unsettling due to the unknown of nature of it? Or do we associate change with something potentially bad because of the unknown factor? Maybe, we have experienced change with a negative experience and always believe[...] Continue Reading...

28 May 2017

Slow Down

Posted by powerwithwords in Psychology

The Information Age vs. The Knowledge Age You learned how to speak your language before you can remember. You made it through school and may have opened your own business or worked for someone. You may have gotten married and had children. So why should you consider learning effective communication strategies, especially since you already know how to communicate? The above observa[...] Continue Reading...

21 May 2017

Two Ears & One Mouth

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Two Ears One Mouth

Why do so many people speak in a hurry, interrupt, and answer before a person has finished speaking? Is it a personality thing, or a protection mechanism? The greatest power you can have over someone is knowing more about them than they know about you. So, what is it about interpersonal communication? Why is communicating effectively so difficult? Answers There are numerous answers to these questions, and most of them find their way back to "instant gratification," at[...] Continue Reading...

19 May 2017

TEXTING

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What is text? Definition & Meaning

Is texting effective communication techniques? Wow, the spectrum goes both ways. Therefore, I will give you my two-cents. I am 61 years young and use texting every day. However, I created a communication protocol that I have trained certain clients to text me if they are planning to attend a weekly clinic I provide. It works great; it’s fast simple and keeps the truth. However, I seldom text anyone else that I know personally. This form of communication is for my cell phone or Skype after I ha[...] Continue Reading...

12 May 2017

If Not You - Who?

Posted by powerwithwords in Psychology

perfect interpersonal communication skills

No one has perfect interpersonal communication skills; it is art, psychology, and skill combined. Understanding all of the possibilities, the issues caused by the inflection of the words we speak, how we perceive various words and individual prejudice are a just a few of the things to consider. Experts   Experts in their field of study have been trying to help us for centuries. But, why has this been a problem for [...] Continue Reading...

08 May 2017

EVERYONE

Posted by powerwithwords in Psychology

The World In Words

Effective communication techniques seem to be the last global problem we want to face. Certainly, there are other problems that need immediate attention, but there never seems to be any concerted effort to address this worsening problem. It can also be argued that many of the current problems we are facing are in part due to lack of communication and listening skills. Politicians are in such a hurry to act on various issues that it appears their focus is personal and[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

UNDERESTIMATION

Posted by will in Psychology

Underestimation Word Description

UNDERESTIMATION DEFINITION: An underestimation is a judgment about someone or something that is too low.   SYMPTOMS: Retired basketball player and coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Jr. once said, "Never underestimate the heart of a champion." In sports, there is no doubt that underestimating one's opponent can produ[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Toxic Behaviors

Posted by will in Psychology

Toxic Behaviors Word Definition

Toxic Behaviors Definition: Toxic behaviors are personal actions that are detrimental to the individual and to others. Symptoms: Athletes have their share of individuals who exhibit very poor behavior. The drive to win becomes everything and athletes will cheat, lie, swear, fight, and say inappropriate things to their opponent. This behavior usually starts at [...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Self-Reflection

Posted by will in Psychology

Self-Reflection Word Definition

Self-Reflection Definition: Self-reflection is serious thought about one's character, actions, and motives. Symptoms: All athletes should reflect on their past performance, but most focus only on the negative aspects. While it is important to understanding one's poor actions in order to visualize the correct way, being mind[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Self-Justification

Posted by will in Psychology

Self Justification Word Description

Self-Justification Definition: Self-justification is the explaining of one's actions, beliefs, attitudes, or feelings to another. Symptoms: In sports, self-justification means doing something poorly and then defending the action. With a myriad of thoughts constantly barraging the mind of an athlete, the key is to learn how to control those [...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Self-Doubt

Posted by will in Psychology

Self-Doubt Word Definition

Self-Doubt Definition: Feelings of doubt about your own worth and abilities. Symptoms: Self-Doubt raises its ugly head many times during sports activities. It is very common and can last until we complete an activity the way we want. Self-Doubt cripples our personal feelings of control and potential success. As athletes, we[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Predictability

Posted by will in Psychology

Predictability Word Defination

Predictability Definition: Predictability is the attribute of a state of mind, pattern of behavior, or course of action that makes it possible to know in advance what to expect. Symptoms: In sports, being able to predict an opponent’s moves comes with lots of keen observation. Professional teams review fi[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Perfectionism

Posted by will in Psychology

Perfectionism definition

Perfectionism Definition: Perfectionism is the disposition to regard anything that falls short of being flawless as unacceptable. Symptoms: In sports, as in any other arena in life, meaningful goals provide the incentive to think and act productively. Perfectionism, however, distorts reality and is self-defeating. [...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Optimism and Pessimism

Posted by will in Psychology

Optimism and Pessimism Word Definition

Optimism and Pessimism Definition: Optimism is hopefulness about the future or the successful outcome of something. Pessimism is the tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen. Symptoms: Pessimism creates a paralyzing emotional state in sports. Athletes usually start their matches with [...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Mental Strength

Posted by will in Psychology

Mental Strength Words Definition

Mental Strength Definition: Mental strength is a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sports, education, and the workplace.  Symptoms: All athletes must draw on their mental strength to play at their peak performance. Getting into the “Zone,” at will, requires an[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Emotions

Posted by will in Psychology

Emotions Words Definition

Emotions Definition: Emotions are strong feelings deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships. Symptoms: Sports are filled with emotion. Football and boxing, for example, require such emotional thinking that they can devolve into hatred. In soccer, even the emotions of the fans often become dangerous. Most spo[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Denial

Posted by will in Psychology

self justification in relationships

Denial Definition: Denial is the refusal to accept the truth or reality regarding someone or something. Symptoms: By its very nature, participation in sports invites denial. Players quickly engage in it when they don’t do something perfectly or at least correctly. “I can’t believe I hit that shot” is a very typical response. Whether the denial is mental or verbal, it indicates that the at[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Composure

Posted by will in Psychology

composure definition

Composure Definition: Composure is the state of being calm and in control of oneself. Symptoms: In sports, an athlete with very high-performance expectations is likely to become easily frustrated and lose control emotionally when he or she believes that those expectations are not being met. Identifying the mental breakdowns[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Closed-Mindedness

Posted by will in Psychology

Closed-Mindedness Words Definition

Closed-Mindedness Definition: Closed-mindedness is the state of being unwilling to consider other ideas or opinions. Symptoms: In sports, the nonprofessional athlete who begins to enjoy some measure of success may begin to think, "My way is the right way." When such closed-mindedness settles in, he or she needs to be reminded that change will always be necessary and that open-mindedness is the de[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Change

Posted by will in Psychology

What is change? definition and meaning

CHANGE Definition: Change is the act or instance of making or becoming different. Symptoms: In sports, the majority of athletes discover that it is incredibly hard to change what they perceive to be correct actions. Since it often takes years of practice to remedy bad habits, all sports have coaches to help guide athletes t[...] Continue Reading...

13 Mar 2017

Anger Part 3

Posted by will in Psychology

Anger word definition

Anger - Part 3 Definition: Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility that has the potential of becoming addictive.. Symptoms: Sports engagement often promotes anger, and while some athletes learn to identify and deal with emotional triggers, many others do not. The danger lies in anger becoming an addiction. Solutions: An article on www.psychcentral.com by Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW addresse[...] Continue Reading...

22 Nov 2016

PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVENESS

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Passive-aggressiveness Word Defination

Definition: Passive-aggressiveness is the indirect expression of hostility. Symptoms: Passive aggression happens more often than one might think in sports, especially in team sports.  When an athlete is sidelined by the coach, his or her personal feelings toward the player who took the athlete's place can easily portray passive-aggressiveness. The aggressor may ignore the player instea[...] Continue Reading...

22 Nov 2016

OPTIMISM & PESSIMISM

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protests definition

Definition: Optimism is hopefulness about the future or the successful outcome of something. Pessimism is the tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen. Symptoms: Pessimism creates a paralyzing emotional state in sports. Athletes usually start their matches with highly optimistic expectations, but a single unforced error can cause them to overthink[...] Continue Reading...

22 Nov 2016

PREJUDICE

Posted by powerwithwords in Psychology

Definition: Prejudice is a preconceived, unfavorable opinion about someone or something, formed with inadequate knowledge, thought, or reason. Symptoms: While deeply-rooted prejudices have often been evident in many athletes due to their up-bringing or social surroundings, coaches have also been guilty of letting prejudice control their attitudes toward players. [...] Continue Reading...

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