Personality Profiling

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  • Personality Profiling
    • definition
      • a system which classifies an individual into a particular personality type
    • Advantages
      • can be used to match an athlete with the correct sport / position, which may lead to encouraged participation
        • example: extroverted people maybe more likely to succeed in team sports - encourage participation
      • understanding your personality profile will improve motivation
        • knowing that your personality is perfectly suited to distance running may encourage you to try and persevere
      • can help to control arousal / anxiety
        • if you know you have high trait anxiety then you can employ anxiety management techniques to help improve performance
      • research has shown there are some links between personality and performance in sport
        • profiles of mood states shows links between personality trait of optimism and increased success in sport
    • Disadvantage
      • stereotyping - extroverted personality type is pushed into team sports when they would actually be better at distance running
      • invalidity - profiling results are often inaccurate and invalid and can't be generalised to the entire population
      • subjectivity - results are often interpreted differently by different people
      • modification - may unconsciously modify their behaviour to match their profile
      • reliability - results are often too vague and unreliable
      • proof - link not fully supported

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