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date: 19 February 2020

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This chapter addresses the psychology of performance in domains including sports, the performing arts, business/executive coaching, and high-risk professions. Performance psychology and sport psychology are described as interrelated fields. At the same time, with its long history of research as well as practice, sport psychology holds a particular, privileged position within the broader field of performance psychology. The roots of performance psychology lie in the fields of applied sport psychology, psychotherapy, and consultation or coaching. The chapter reviews critical issues in the psychology of performance: standards and excellence, competition, emotion, temporal factors, audience, pressure, performance consequences, and performers’ developmental trajectories. Issues of appropriate preparation for performance psychology practice and performance psychologists’ roles and ethics are briefly addressed. In the various domains of performance psychology, clients’ attitudes toward consultants may vary. Further research, training, and practice implications are reviewed.

Keywords: Performance psychology, sport psychology, performing arts, executive coaching, excellence, competition, pressure, consultant, coach

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