Who's mental? Who's tough and who's both? Mutton constructs dressed up as lamb

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Andersen, Mark B (2011) Who's mental? Who's tough and who's both? Mutton constructs dressed up as lamb. In: Mental toughness in sport : developments in research and theory. Gucciardi, DF and Gordan, S, eds. Routledge Research in Sport and Exercise Science . Routledge, Abington, Oxon, U.K. ; New York, pp. 69-88.


In Australia, we use the phrase 'mutton dresssed up as lamb' to describe an older man or woman who acts and dresses as if they were younger, newer and fresher than they actually are. Much of the mental toughness literature, and some in particular (e.g. Clough et al., 2002), appears to contain ideas and constructs (e.g. hardiness, resilience) that have been around for decades but are now repackaged or re-dressed into something that, on the surface, looks new but is probably not as fresh as its champions suggest.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8679
ISBN 9780415572989 (print), 9780203855775 (online)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID23463, motivation, competitiveness, self-belief, positive cognition, concentration, behaviour, development, attention, psychometrics, sports, athletes, sport psychology
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