Updates and a New Book Chapter

It’s been a while; too long since our previous post, but don’t interpret the silence as a sign that nothing is happening! The MTOUGH team have been very busy. Hopefully in a couple of months we can share with you some of the exciting new papers that should soon be published. A bit like waiting for a bus…you wait ages and then several appear at once. That is a bit how things are progressing with us. There will be information to report soon on research led by Christian Swann who is really challenging existing knowledge of flow experiences in Sport. Christian’s PhD work focused on flow experiences of elite golfers but his latest research is utilising a broader sample of participants to understand some of the more subtle differences in how flow is experienced – and indeed whether one flow state does fit all accounts. Patricia Jackman is exploring the relationship between mental toughness and flow is sports people. Trish has extended our previous work in this area (i.e. Crust and Swann, 2013) and is looking to understand the mechanisms that may be responsible for this reported relationship. Lizzie Stamp continues to study the role of mental toughness during weight-loss journeys and she recently presented some initial findings at a BPS event. Alkisti Olympiou has been working on translating and validating a Greek version of the MTQ48 which should lead to further knowledge of cultural similarities and differences in mental toughness. And finally, I have been lucky enough to be working with Professor Peter Clough on a book chapter that will hopefully be published later this year or early next year. The chapter concerns resilience and positive psychology at work and will be published in a book edited by Lindsay Oades and Jonathan Passmore. The chapter has a mainly theoretical focus and is currently being edited. For anyone interested in understanding more about how people can become more resilient I would highly recommend reading some of Barbara Fredrickson’s work on the Broaden-and-Build Theory. This work concerns the importance of positive emotions in developing resilience and there is now a wealth of supporting evidence available. More updates soon – we will be focusing on research developments in more depth over the coming months.