Sport psychology – subfield of psychology that focuses on applying psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and well-being of athletes
Precipitating factor – a specific event or trigger to the onset of the current problem
Yips – documented condition observed in pro athletes where some mental shift impacts a performer’s ability to execute relatively basic motor skills
Panic attack – not technically an anxiety disorder, an intense, brief period of anxiety characterized by physiological arousal including increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, and sometimes fainting
Avoidance – common strategy used to deal with psychological pain or trauma in which people either do not enter a situation (avoidance) or leave situations after they have entered (escape).
Resistance – conscious or unconscious behaviors that obstruct or prevent therapeutic change
Perspective-taking – trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes
Dual (or multiple) relationships – where multiple roles exist between a therapist and a client (e.g., professional and personal roles)
Termination – the ending of the psychotherapy relationship
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We highlight a subfield of psychology that is new to the podcast- Sport Psychology! Learn more about this field here.
Though the depiction of Danny experiencing the “yips” in Ted Lasso is fictional, this condition has been described in modern day athletic performance. Learn more about the condition here and check out this article discussing Simone Biles’ reports of the “twisties” during the Tokyo Olympics.