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The fallacy of directional anxiety

Polman, Remco and Borkoles, Erika (2011) The fallacy of directional anxiety. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 42 (3). pp. 303-306. ISSN 0047-0767

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Abstract

Since the work by Jones and colleagues in the early 1990s the idea that feelings of anxiety could be interpreted as either facilitative or debilitative to athletic performance has been widely discussed in the sport psychology literature (e.g., Jones, 1995). Although this view has been promoted by a number of researchers (e.g., Hanton, Neil, & Mellalieu, 2008), we argue that this framework is based on flawed empirical research, and not supported by evidence frommainstreampsychology literature (e.g., Fox, 2008; Lewis,Haviland-Jones & Feldman Barrett, 2008). As stated by Burton (1998), anxiety by definition is a negatively toned and unpleasant emotion that cannot be facilitative.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21926, ResPubID23852, ResPubID23830, sport psychology, anxiety, athletic performance
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 01:07
Last Modified: 01 May 2014 04:55
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7907
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