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

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posted on 2022-07-19, 11:01 authored by Alexander T Latinjak, Jordi Corbalan-Frigola, Pau Alcoy-Fabregas, Jamie BarkerJamie Barker
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.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Sport Psychology

Volume

51

Issue

1

Pages

28 - 46

Publisher

Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Sport Psychology and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.7352/IJSP.2020.51.028

Acceptance date

2017-12-01

Publication date

2020-01-01

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0047-0767

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Jamie Barker. Deposit date: 19 July 2022

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