Psychological Resilience

Why is resilience so important?
A person's level of resilience will determine who succeeds and fails
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Define Psychological Resilience
An ability to use personal qualities to withstand pressure
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Define Robust Resilience
Protective quality reflected in a person maintaining their well-being and performance
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Give an example of robust resilience
A tennis player under stress because their opponent is serving very well. They maintain performance and still play well.
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Define Rebound Resilience
Bounce-back quality reflected in minor or temporary disruptions to a person's well-being and performance
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Give an example of rebound resilience
The tennis player is under alot of stress because their opponent is playing well, the have a minor deterioration in performance (may lose a set or throw racket) but bound back and regain performance levels
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Draw the 'Mental Fortitude Training Program for Sustained Success' Model
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What 3 things constitute the Mental fortitude training programme for sustained success?
Personal qualities, facilitative environment and challenge mindset.
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What are personal qualities? (and give examples)
Psychological factors that protect an individual from negative consequences. E.g. cultivate a positive character, optimize drive, strengthen self-belief, maintain focus, recognise and engage with support.
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What is a facilitative environment? And name the 2 types of environment.
A setting or context that fosters the development of psychological resilience. There is supportive and challenging environments
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What makes a supportive environment?
1 - Enabling people to develop their personal qualities; promoting learning and trust building. 2 - Motivtional feedback; nformation about what is effective
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What makes a challenging environment?
1 - High expectations of people; instil accountability and responsibility. 2 - Developmental feedback; information about how to improve.
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Which type of environment is necessaryfor athletes?
BOTH! A coach needs to be supportive to build resilience, but the setting also needs to be challenging in order to improve.
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Draw the Challenge-Support Matrix ...
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What are the 4 parts of the Challenge-Support Matrix?
Stagnent environment, unrelenting environment, comfortble environment and facilitative environment
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Explain a facilitative environment in action
Coach gives drills that are hard and just when the athlete thengs they are not going to be able to cope, the coach dials up support. -> task remains achievable.
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What is a challenge mindset?
A positive evaluation and interpretation of pressure and one's own throughts
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How can you develop a challenge mindset?
Education programmes in challenge appraisal and meta-reflective strategies
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What are 5 aspects of an education programme developing challenge mindset?
1 - Proactive (in developing correct environment), 2 - Context and self-awareness, 3 - (Re)-evaluating and interpreting the situation, 4 - Challenging debilitative thinking, 5 - Habitual
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Define Team Resilience
An ability to use collective qualities to withstand pressure
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Define Robust Team Resilience
Protective quality reflected in a team maintaining their functioning and performance
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Define Rebound Team Resilience
Bounce-back quality reflected in minor disruptions to a team's functioning and performance
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Aristotle - "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" -> Does team resilience apply?
A bunch of resilient individuals does not make a resilient team. Must work together to develop team resilience!!
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Name 1 limitation of Resilience? (with an example)
1 -Mental toughness should not be chosen in replace of health, wellbeing or even life. E.g. People trying to climb Everest climb over dead bodies to get there -> this motivation and 'resilience' to the situation is not healthy.
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Name 1 limitation of Team Resilience? (with an example)
2 - Dysfunctional practice within a team resilience setting. 'Sacrific yourself for the team' -> not healthy behaviour.
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Are mental toughness and mental illness related?
Mental toughness doesnt prevent mental illness. Can add adverse circumstances and pressure which could facilitate psychological problems.
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What are the benefits of vulnerability?
Vulnerability could be there turning point in life that teachers you strength of character and gives you the drive to succeed. "Failure is the reason I succeed" - Michael Jordan
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Give examples of when vulnerability has benefitted the individual
1 - J.K. Rowling - hit rock bottom, then wrote Harry Potter. 2 - England lost every match in 1998 tour, won the 2003 Rugby World Cup. 3 - Leicester City faced relegation 2015, 2016 won the premier league.
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What core 2 concepts with Sarkar and Fletcher name in describing resilience?
Adversity and Positive Adaptation
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Define Adversity
Any hardship and suffering linked to difficulty, misfortune or trauma. Positive life events can also be seen as adversity and need resilience (e.g. job promotion adapting to new environment)
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Define Positive Adaptation
Behaviourally manifested social competence, or success at meeting stage-salient developmental tasks, or, symptoms related to internal well-being. Important to consider socio-cultural context
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What 2 factors as outcomes of resilience did Sarkar and Fletcher discribe?
Protective factors (shielding/insulating from potential negative effects of event) and Promotive factors (independent effective value by yielding benefits such as frequent success experiences)
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Draw the grounded theory of psychological resilience (Fletcher and Sarkar 2012)
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What 5 psychological factors effect challenge appraisal?
Positive personality, motivation, focus, percieved social support and confidence.
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Define Meta-Cognition
An individuals knowledge of, and control over, his or her cognitions/thoughts
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