Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Re-bounding sport psychology: Making a place for the gods in the games
by Molina, Evan, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 177; 3552567
Abstract (Summary)

The predominant avenues for understanding sport from a psychological perspective rely primarily on empirically based explanations of athletes and athletics (see Cox, 2007; Gardner & Moore, 2006; Sheldon & Mellalieu, 2006; Weinberg & Gould, 1999). In response to this monocentristic focus, this study attempts to penetrate the underbelly of sport psychology, namely, the current lack of a polycentric imagination and the overall neglect of the experience of loss in athletic competition, which results in psychological one-sidedness and a symptomatic relation to loss. The following exploration of sport psychology employs an archetypal hermeneutic to pursue two primary tasks: (a) locate the gods who claim sport psychology, and (b) engage in a radical re-visioning of sport psychology so that the inherent value of loss is given a central place in the study of sport. Specifically, through the use of the archetypal method of reversion, the sport psychology constructs of motivation, concentration, aggression, and loss are each returned to a god, thus providing a deeper understanding of sport and sport psychology. This study challenges the zeitgeist paradigm of performance enhancement and pushes forth an approach that affirms the imagination as principal method, where each god is given his or her rightful place, thus ushering in and emphasizing the psychologically essential experience of loss in sport--elucidating a sport psychology that attempts to understand, live, and embrace loss.

KEYWORDS: Archetypal, sport psychology, loss, gods, image.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Romanyshyn, Robert
Commitee: David, Claudia, Marlan, Stanton
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Archetypes, Image, Loss, Sports psychology
Publication Number: 3552567
ISBN: 9781267910981
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