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Developing Mental Toughness, 2nd Edition

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Developing Mental Toughness examines how individuals respond to stress, pressure and challenge. A book for those whose role it is to coach individuals and teams for increased performance, it provides a range of case studies and techniques which can be applied practically.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. About the contributors
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. 01    Introduction
    1. The 4 Cs model
    2. Four fallacies about mental toughness
    3. Defining and describing mental toughness
    4. How and why we became engaged with mental toughness
  7. 02    The importance of stress
    1. Situational moderators of stress
    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. Resilience and hardiness
    2. What is mental toughness?
    3. The beginnings of mental toughness research
    4. The qualitative approach
    5. The psychometric approach
    6. Mental toughness in the 21st century
    7. Our thoughts on the five questions
  9. 04    Developing the model and the MTQ48
    1. Preliminary field research
    2. Development of the four-factor model
    3. Post-development ‘testing’ of the MTQ48
  10. 05    Mental toughness and the MTQ48 measure
    1. The MTQ48 test platform
    2. MTQ48 report types
    3. The future and ongoing development
  11. 06    Control
    1. Control – defined and applied
    2. Are high levels of control always a strength?
    3. The psychological context of control
    4. Emotional control
  12. 07    Commitment
    1. Commitment – defined and applied
    2. Are high levels of commitment always a strength?
    3. The psychological context of commitment
    4. Goal setting
  13. 08    Challenge
    1. Challenge – defined and applied
    2. Are high levels of challenge always a strength?
    3. The psychological context of challenge
  14. 09    Confidence
    1. Confidence – defined and applied
    2. Are high levels of confidence always a strength?
    3. The psychological context of confidence
  15. 10    Mental toughness and its relationships with other important models – mindset, positive psychology and emotional intelligence
    1. Mindset
    2. Learned optimism
    3. Hierarchy of needs
    4. Mental toughness, emotional intelligence and compassion
    5. A summary: 6–5–4
  16. 11    Decision making
    1. Mental toughness and creativity
    2. Mental toughness and risk
    3. Thinking errors – are the mentally tough less prone to error?
    4. What of luck?
  17. 12    Mental toughness and fatigue – the impact of mental toughness on the development of fatigue
    1. What is fatigue and why is it important?
    2. How does mental toughness impact on the development of fatigue?
    3. How does fatigue affect people with different levels of mental toughness?
    4. Understanding your own process of fatigue – three recommendations for action
  18. 13    Mental toughness and the world of work (1) – stress, motivation, leadership, coaching and teamworking
    1. Stress, motivation and aspiration
    2. Leadership
    3. Coaching
    4. Group mental toughness – organizational development applications
    5. Mental toughness and teamworking
    6. Organization development and culture
    7. Teamworking behaviour and individual mental toughness
    8. Summary
  19. 14    Mental toughness and the world of work (2) – assessment and development, and talent management
    1. Recruitment and selection
    2. Employee development and talent management
  20. 15    Employability – a key issue for the 21st-century employer and employee
    1. Employability – what is this concept?
    2. Employability – what does this mean and where does mental toughness play a part?
    3. Employability factors – what does a good attitude entail?
    4. Self-employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  21. 16    Mental toughness and the world of education and the development of young people
    1. Performance and attainment
    2. Wellbeing
    3. Attendance, behaviour and peer relationships
    4. Retention
    5. Transition
    6. Employability
    7. Aspirations
    8. Social mobility and working with the disadvantaged
    9. Bullying
    10. Anti-social behaviour
    11. Mental toughness and parenting
    12. Leisure activities – sport and outdoor activities
    13. Primary education
    14. Conclusion
  22. 17    Mental toughness in sport
    1. Mental toughness and sports psychology
    2. Case studies
    3. The practitioner’s perspective
    4. Conclusion
  23. 18    Mental toughness and its link to the social and health sectors
    1. Mental toughness and health
    2. Mental health
    3. Social responsibility and mental toughness
    4. Occupational health
    5. Summary
  24. 19    Can mental toughness be developed? – The practitioner’s and psychologist’s perspectives
    1. Introduction
    2. The psychologist’s perspective
    3. The practitioner’s perspective
    4. Developing mental toughness – guiding principles
  25. 20    Using the mental toughness model and the MTQ48 in coaching and mentoring
    1. How can a coach apply the mental toughness model in their work?
    2. The GROW coaching model
    3. Mental toughness and its application to coaches
    4. Summary
  26. 21    Positive thinking
    1. Learning to think positively
    2. Banishing negative thoughts
    3. Reframing negatives into positives
    4. Mindfulness
  27. 22    Visualization
    1. Visualizing success
    2. The psychological context of confidence development
    3. Positive psychology and mental toughness
  28. 23    Anxiety control and relaxation – a physiotherapist’s perspective
    1. Introduction
    2. The Laura Mitchell relaxation method
    3. Other relaxation techniques
    4. The role of fitness
    5. The role of diet
    6. Biofeedback
  29. 24    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
  30. 25    Goal setting
    1. How goal setting works
    2. Aspects of goal setting
    3. A psychological perspective on goal setting
  31. 26    Research using the MTQ48
    1. Introduction
    2. Mental toughness and coping
    3. Mental toughness, emotional control/reactivity and emotional intelligence
    4. Mental toughness and performance/levels of achievement
    5. Mental toughness and psychological skills
    6. Mental toughness and personality
    7. Mental toughness and health
    8. Mental toughness and education
    9. Other studies using the MTQ48/MTQ18
    10. Conclusion
  32. 27    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. The practitioner’s needs – product development
  33. References
  34. Index
  35. Copyright