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Developing Mental Toughness

Book Description

Mental Toughness is about how effectively individuals respond to stress, pressure and challenge. This ground-breaking book explains the concept of mental toughness, clearly and effectively. Tracing its development from sports psychology into organizational development, health and education;it is the first book to look at mental toughness and its application at the organizational level. Written for anyone coaching individuals and teams for improved performance, Developing Mental Toughness contains practical guidance on delivering techniques which will radically improve people's abilities not just to respond to but also to harness the affects of stress and pressure. The book covers the core skills and techniques required to recognise, use and develop mental toughness in others including: evaluation, ROI, and improving attention spans.

Table of Contents

  1. Title page
  2. Imprint
  3. Table of contents
  4. About the contributors
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. 01 Introduction to the concept of MT
    1. The 4 Cs model
    2. Four fallacies about MT
    3. Defining and describing mental toughness
    4. The beginnings
  7. 02 The importance of stress
    1. Research strands
    2. An applied perspective on mental toughness, stress management and peak performance
    3. The AQR stress model
  8. 03 A brief history of mental toughness
    1. Constructs relating to mental toughness
    2. Physiological toughness
    3. Mental toughness itself
    4. The development of the MTQ48 and the 4 Cs model
  9. 04 Developing the model and the MTQ48
    1. Preliminary field research
    2. Development of the four-factor model
    3. Summary
  10. 05 Mental toughness and the MTQ48
    1. MTQ48 report types
    2. The future
  11. 06 Control
    1. Control – defined and applied
    2. Key psychological perspectives related to control
    3. Emotional control
  12. 07 Commitment
    1. Commitment – defined and applied
    2. The psychological context
    3. Goal setting
  13. 08 Challenge
    1. Challenge – defined and applied
    2. The psychological context of challenge
    3. Mental toughness and risk
  14. 09 Confidence
    1. Confidence – defined and applied
    2. The psychological context for confidence
    3. Self-esteem
  15. 10 Innovative insights into the education and development of young people
    1. The positive impact of mental toughness
    2. Transition
    3. The link to productivity
    4. (Anti-)social behaviour
    5. Other considerations
  16. 11 Mental toughness and its application in secondary education
    1. Introduction and background
    2. Initial engagement – Targeted Youth Support Pathfinder
    3. Deep Support programme
    4. Firm Foundations programme
  17. 12 Mental toughness in the complex world of further education colleges
    1. The college sector in Scotland
    2. General approaches to improving retention and attainment
    3. From the general to the specific
    4. Working on mental toughness with part-time and work-based learners
    5. In conclusion
  18. 13 Applying mental toughness to career guidance and career planning
  19. 14 Mental toughness and the world of work
    1. The most valuable outcomes for mental toughness activity
    2. Applications in the workplace
  20. 15 Mental toughness and team working
    1. Organization development and culture
    2. Team working behaviour and individual mental toughness
    3. Developing team toughness
  21. 16 The world of work – a case study from a major call centre
    1. Introduction
    2. Participants
    3. Training sessions – the core interventions
    4. The results
  22. 17 Mental toughness in sport
  23. 18 Health and social factors relating to mental toughness
    1. Mental toughness and health
    2. Social responsibility and mental toughness
    3. Summary
  24. 19 Coaching for mental toughness
    1. Mental toughness
    2. Coaching for professional development
    3. Evidence-based research
    4. Coaching for mental toughness
    5. The directive to non-directive spectrum
    6. Coaching for mental toughness: an integrated approach
    7. The what-ifs: some tips
    8. Conclusion
  25. 20 Fatigue and mental toughness
    1. What is fatigue and why is it important?
    2. How does mental toughness impact on the development of fatigue?
    3. Understanding your own process of fatigue: three recommendations for action
  26. 21 Can mental toughness be developed? Psychologist/ practitioner perspective
    1. Introduction
    2. The psychologist’s perspective
    3. A practitioner’s perspective
  27. 22 Positive thinking
    1. Making affirmations
    2. Turning negatives into positives
  28. 23 Visualization
    1. Visualizing success
    2. Guided imagery
    3. A psychological context of confidence development
    4. Positive psychology and mental toughness
  29. 24 Relaxation: A physiotherapist’s perspective
    1. Learning the technique
    2. A systematic approach
    3. The role of fitness
    4. The role of diet
    5. Biofeedback
  30. 25 Attentional control
    1. Understanding attentional control
    2. Attentional control and mental toughness
    3. Some simple tips, tools and techniques that work
    4. Interruptions and distractions
    5. Conclusions
  31. 26 Goal setting
    1. Important aspects of goal setting
    2. A psychological perspective on goal setting
  32. 27 Research using the MTQ48
    1. Introduction
    2. Testing the MTQ48
    3. Other studies using the MTQ48/MTQ18
    4. Conclusion
  33. 28 A summary and thoughts about ‘what’s next?’
    1. A global perspective
    2. The psychological perspective – where does mental toughness fit into the rest of the picture?
    3. Finally, the practitioner’s needs – product development
    4. What are we really saying about sensitive people?
  34. References
  35. Index
  36. Copyright