The fallacy of directional anxiety

Full text for this resource is not available from the Research Repository.

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


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
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID21926, ResPubID23852, ResPubID23830, sport psychology, anxiety, athletic performance
Citations in Scopus 4 - View on Scopus
Download/View statistics View download statistics for this item

Search Google Scholar

Repository staff login