Athletes are naturally exposed to significant psychological challenges in sports, but do not wait helplessly for the assistance of sports psychologists or trainers. Instead, they practise one form or another of self-regulation. Self-talk in Sport explores one such self-regulatory strategy: self-talk, the inner voice that accompanies every human being throughout their lives. Over time, research has revealed many secrets of self-talk in sport, though many others remain unveiled. This book offers you the opportunity to discover the multiple identities of our self-talk, how the “inner coach” serves as a rational counterpart to the irrational self, and what we need to do to develop our inner voice to reach its maximum self-regulatory potential.

There is a general need for concrete interventions in sport, exercise, and performance psychology. In addition, the autonomous functioning of people is a central aim of psychological interventions that align with positive psychology and focus on people’s strengths rather than weaknesses. In this volume, researchers and applied practitioners are shown how they can use self-talk interventions to strengthen people’s rational self-regulation in order to deal with a variety of situations that apply to both sport and other exercise and performance contexts.

Since self-talk is a tangible result of cognitive processes and inner experiences that researchers and applied practitioners can barely access, Self-talk in Sport is a tool for sports psychologists to understand and interact with hidden parts within athletes that have a major impact on sport and exercise experiences and performance. A book demonstrating the diverse – both rational and irrational identities – of self-talk, as well as specific interventions to change the inner dialogue of athletes, is a fundamental piece in the education of sport scientists.

chapter 1|10 pages

Locating Self-talk in the Knowledge Map of Sport and Exercise Psychology

ByAlexander T. Latinjak

chapter 2|17 pages

Pieces of the Self-talk Jigsaw Puzzle

An Introduction
ByAlexander T. Latinjak, James Hardy, Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis

chapter 3|23 pages

Assessment Methods for Organic Self-talk

ByThomas M. Brinthaupt, Alain Morin

chapter 4|13 pages

Metacognition and Goal-Directed Self-talk

ByNoel E. Brick, Mark J. Campbell, Aidan P. Moran

chapter 5|13 pages

Self-talk and Emotion Regulation

ByJulian Fritsch, Darko Jekauc

chapter 6|14 pages

Organic Self-talk Antecedents

An Interpretative Review and Implications for Practice
ByAristea Karamitrou, Evangelos Galanis, Yannis Theodorakis, Nikos Comoutos

chapter 7|18 pages

The Reflexive Self-talk Intervention

Detailed Procedures
ByAlexander T. Latinjak, Lucía Figal-Gomez, Philip Solomon-Turay, Rafel Magrinyà-Vinyes

chapter 8|14 pages

Rational Self-talk

A Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Perspective
ByMartin J. Turner, Andrew G. Wood, Jamie B. Barker, Nanaki Chadha

chapter 9|13 pages

Strategic Self-talk Interventions

ByAntonis Hatzigeorgiadis, Evangelos Galanis, Yannis Theodorakis

chapter 10|18 pages

Self-talk Mechanisms

ByEvangelos Galanis, Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis

chapter 11|11 pages

Self-talk Interventions in Tennis and Golf

ByRobert Weinberg, Alexander Bianco

chapter 12|11 pages

Self-talk Interventions in Team-Sport Settings

ByJames Hardy

chapter 13|12 pages

Self-talk and Endurance Sports

ByAlister McCormick, Paul Anstiss

chapter 14|13 pages

Self-talk in Physical Education

Motivational Aspects and a Guide for Physical Education Teachers
ByMaša Marjanović, Charalampos Krommidas, Evangelos Mprisimis, Athanasios Papaioannou, Nikos Comoutos

chapter 15|17 pages

Contesting the Role of Self-talk in Sport Psychology in Views of Mindfulness, Flow, and Mind Wandering

ByDaniel Birrer, Patricia C. Jackman, Alexander T. Latinjak

chapter |4 pages


Some Facts and Personal Reflections on My Self-talk
ByAntonis Hatzigeorgiadis