Identity, Wearing Many Hats, and Boundary Blurring: The Mindful Psychologist on the Way to the Olympic and Paralympic Games

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Williams, David E and Andersen, Mark B (2012) Identity, Wearing Many Hats, and Boundary Blurring: The Mindful Psychologist on the Way to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 3 (2). pp. 139-152. ISSN 2152-0704 (print) 2152-0712 (online)

Abstract

In this article, the authors explore professional identity, multiple roles, and boundary-blurring when working in the sport psychology area with Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Data for this article were collected from case notes, a self-reflective logbook, and supervision sessions during two years before the Games. This study is a tale of a neophyte registered (licensed, chartered) psychologist entering into the high pressure world of international Olympic and Paralympic sports. Key features include how the sport psychologist in the lead-up to the Games can remain grounded in mindful practice and be an island of calm for athletes and coaches in what has to be one of the most stressful sporting events athletes and coaches experience. Dave's (the psychologist's) story illustrates what he and his supervisor believe is the foundation of almost any service—the development and nurturing of caring, holding, loving, attuned, and non-judgmental relationships with athletes and coaches during major international sporting events.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23578
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/21520704.2012.683090
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2152070...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 8505 Renewable Energy
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords ResPubID26341, professional anxiety, multiple roles, self-doubt, presence, attunement
Citations in Scopus 20 - View on Scopus
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