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Self-Pressure



Perfectionism and other forms of self-pressure arise when we internalize judgments or beliefs about ourselves, how we are perceived, and the impact our actions have on ourselves and others. Unlike normal performance pressure (which occurs when the approval or successful execution of our actions carry disproportionate, high-stakes, or very public consequences), self-pressure can occur in the absence of—or even contrary to—external consequences or judgment from others. Self-pressure can be a valuable tool for dedication to routine, practice, and self-improvement, but it can also trap us in self-judgment, burnout, and self-limiting beliefs.

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Perfectionism is Destroying your Productivity.

"My greatest weakness is perfectionism" might not be a cop-out answer after all.

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The Psychology of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance and Exercise

Perfectionism has been found to play an important yet complex role in sport, dance and exercise.

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Perfectionism in Sport

It’s 2020. An Olympic year. Come the end of July, the world’s attention will turn to Tokyo to watch the best of the best compete for Olympic glory. An estimated 11,000 athletes representing 206 nations are expected to compete.

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FindCenterBe not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

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What Makes Elite Athletes Thrive or Dive Under Pressure? | The Economist

Psychology is an increasingly important part of elite sport. Winning at the highest levels can depend as much on peak-fitness of the mind as the body. For top-level sports people it’s not just skill and athleticism they count. So often, it’s mind over matter.

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Perfectionism: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Adam Nicholls explains the upsides and downsides of perfectionism in sport, and how to manage perfectionism to maximise performance.

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How Perfectionism Stifles Young Athletes’ Success

Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses how fear of failure and perfectionism in young athletes can stifle their performance and thus success in sports.

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FindCenterOur doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

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How Perfectionism Leads to Athlete Burnout

Setting high goals is great, but how you deal with falling short determines how long you’re willing to keep chasing them.

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Fragile Confidence and Perfectionism in Volleyball

Dr. Patrick Cohn and Dr. Megan Melchiorre, our newest member to the Peak Performance Sports Mental Coaching team, start a new mental game video series for volleyball coaches, players and parents. They discuss the psychology of volleyball and some of the challenges that volleyball players have.

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