Psychodynamics in sport performance enhancement consultation: Application of an interpersonal theory

David E. Conroy, Lorna Smith Benjamin

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Abstract

Psychodynamic concepts have only recently begun to attract serious attention in the sport psychology literature. A dynamically based, interpersonal approach to sport psychology consultation is outlined in this article. Key interpersonal constructs such as important persons and their internalized representations (IPIRs), copy processes, and self-sacrificing gifts of love are described to portray how a case formulation may be developed to explain and guide interventions to overcome some performance problems. Two cases, one involving a performance phobia and the other an enduring slump related to a fear of success, are presented to demonstrate the unique contributions of interpersonal case formulations in performance enhancement consultation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-117
Number of pages15
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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