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Extreme sports: a positive transformation in courage and humility

Brymer, Eric and Oades, L (2009) Extreme sports: a positive transformation in courage and humility. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 49 (1). pp. 114-126. ISSN 0022-1678

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Abstract

Extreme sports and extreme sports participants have been most commonly explored from a negative perspective, for example, the “need to take unnecessary risks.” This study explored what can be learned from extreme sports about courage and humility—two positive psychology constructs. A phenomenological method was used via unstructured interviews with 15 extreme sports participants and other firsthand accounts. The extreme sports included BASE (building, antenna, span, earth) jumping, big wave surfing, extreme skiing, waterfall kayaking, extreme mountaineering, and solo ropefree climbing. Results indicate that humility and courage can be deliberately sought out by participating in activities that involve a real chance of death, fear, and the realization that nature in its extreme is far greater and more powerful than humanity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19172. extreme sports, humility, courage, risk-taking
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 03:19
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 04:58
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4185
DOI: 10.1177/0022167808326199
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Citations in Scopus: 10 - View on Scopus

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