Positive Human Functioning From a Multidimensional Perspective. Volume 3: Promoting High Performance


A. Rui Gomes (Editor)
Universidade do Minho, Escola de Psicologia, Campus de Gualtar, Braga, Portugal

Rui Resende (Editor)
Maia Institute of Higher Education, Portugal

Alberto Albuquerque (Editor)
Maia Institute of Higher Education, Portugal

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000

The main goal of this volume is to analyze human training to achievement contexts. Using examples of developmental and high performance contexts, topics related to talent development, athletes and teams’ training for high performance situations, and leaders’ training to maximum professional efficacy (including mainly the cases of sports coaches) are discussed. How to coach individuals, teams, and leaders to high performance is addressed by numerous authors.

This is a journey through the complexity of human functioning being assumed in this book; it is a broad and deep perspective of the factors involved in human adaptation, human development, and human training. In summary, this book addresses the fundamental challenge referred to by Kennon M. Sheldon in the Preface of this book, namely, how to make things go right in our lives. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note


Opening Chapter

Chapter 1. Towards a Fully Functioning Humanity
(Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University, CA, USA)

Individuals and Teams

Chapter 2. Birth Advantages, Social Agents, and Talent Development in Youth Sport
(David J. Hancock and Jean Côté, School of Physical and Health Education, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and others)

Chapter 3. Training Teams to High Performance: Efficacy and Implications for Practice
(Tripp Driskell and Eduardo Salas, Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, FL, USA)

Chapter 4. Mental Training for Elite Athletes: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice
(Robert Weinberg, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA)


Chapter 5. Coaching Young Athletes to Positive Development: Implications for Coach Training
(Stewart Vella and Wade Gilbert, Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia and others)

Chapter 6. Coaching High Performance Athletes: Implications for Coach Training
(Gordon A. Bloom, William R. Falcão and Jeffrey G. Caron, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and others)

Chapter 7. Leadership in a Team Sport Context: Implications for Coaches
(Harold A. Riemer and Sebastian Harenberg, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Canada)

Chapter 8. Leadership and Positive Human Functioning: A Triphasic Proposal
(A. Rui Gomes, Department of Applied Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal)

About the Editors

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