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Perfectionism: The role of personality in shaping an athlete's sporting experience.

Hall, Howard, Jowett, Gareth E. and Hill, Andrew P. (2014) Perfectionism: The role of personality in shaping an athlete's sporting experience. In: Papaioannou, Athanasios G. and Hackfort, Dieter, (eds.) International perspectives on key issues in sport and exercise psychology. Routledge, 152 - 168

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Abstract

This chapter explains how the personality characteristic of perfectionism influences the thoughts, feelings and actions of sport participants. It first describes what is meant by the term personality, and it illustrates why perfectionism should be considered to be a multidimensional personality characteristic rather than a narrow pattern of achievement behavior epitomized by striving to reach exceptionally high standards. It then outlines how different approaches to personality account for the development and maintenance of perfectionism. It presents an argument that demonstrates why perfectionism is not an adaptive attribute, and it explains why, because of its debilitating features, it is not a characteristic that should be actively encouraged by sport coaches or a quality that should be venerated in athletes who exhibit it. The chapter presents evidence from sport research to confirm the debilitating consequences of perfectionism and it concludes by highlighting various strategies

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/686

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