Overcoming failure in sport: A self-forgiveness framework

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Title: Overcoming failure in sport: A self-forgiveness framework
Authors: Cowden, Richard Gregory | Worthington Jr, Everett L.
Keywords: Self-forgiveness | Failure | Sport | Athletes
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Área de Educación Física y Deporte
Citation: Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 2019, 14(2): 254-264. doi:10.14198/jhse.2019.142.01
Abstract: Within the winner or loser dichotomy that exemplifies competitive sport, athletic success hinges on the ability to overcome and respond constructively to failure. This article introduces self-forgiveness as an adaptive, purposeful approach to coping with competitive sport performance failure in a way that stimulates personal growth and combats loss of motivation. In contrast to defensive responses that shield self-integrity, genuine self-forgiveness is reached through a process in which athletes (a) accept personal responsibility for their role in the unsuccessful performance outcome and (b) restore self-regard by affirming the self. Although athletes expose themselves to uncomfortable emotional experiences associated with failure, self-forgiveness is proposed as a process that enables athletes to objectively evaluate unsuccessful performances, identify areas warranting improvement, and develop adaptive psychological recovery responses to failure.
URI: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2019.142.01 | http://hdl.handle.net/10045/81508
ISSN: 1988-5202
DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2019.142.01
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://www.jhse.ua.es/
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Journal of Human Sport and Exercise - 2019, Vol. 14, No. 2

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