Spontaneous self-talk: an insight into the cognitive component of emotions in sport

Latinjak, Alexander, Corbalan-Frigola, J, Alcoy-Fabregas, P and Barker, J.B (2020) Spontaneous self-talk: an insight into the cognitive component of emotions in sport. International Journal of Sport Psychology. ISSN ‎0047-0767

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The purpose of this study was to examine the content of spontaneous self-talk, that is non-instrumental statements that come to mind unbidden and effortlessly, in positive and negative emotion-eliciting situations. Thirty male athletes answered, in one-to-one meetings with a trained research assistant, a booklet with questions on spontaneous self-talk in situations eliciting anger, anxiety, excitement and euphoria. Our results yielded light, generally, on the structure of spontaneous self-talk in emotion- eliciting situations, and particularly, on the content of spontaneous self-talk in each type of emotion-eliciting situation. Particularly, most spontaneous self-talk was positive and anticipatory with excitement (68%), positive and retrospective with euphoria (68%), negative or neutral and anticipatory with anxiety (78%), and negative and retrospective with anger (85%). Hence, specific interventions for each emotion, and its corresponding spontaneous self-talk, are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: athletes, emotion regulation, sport, time perspective, thoughts, valence
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2020 10:16
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2020 10:16
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1440

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