Emotions in Sport


We all have to live with a part of ourselves that is emotional, and another part that is more rational. Although we all have both elements, some have a more intense emotional baggage and that governs their actions, and others that on the contrary, they allow themselves to be guided more by reason.

The differences between rational and emotional

The emotional ones evaluate if what happens to them feels pleasant or not. They are more familiar with frustration, passion, anger and sadness.

The rationals, on the other hand, tend to think about the strategies of the game. They look for every action made to make sense. They focus on knowing what they perform each action for.

For the emotional, the first thing is to feel good. Therefore, it needs short-term results that fill it at the moment. On the other hand, a rational person seeks good, and although that sometimes implies having a bad time in the journey, he can cope because he expects a medium or long term result.

Emotional and rational athletes

The emotional lives the sport with the passion of a chance, which is as exciting as uncontrolled. It is uncontrolled because the fantasy of controlling the uncontrollable of chance is more like a mystical delirium. In this way, more emotional people believe that in sports there are no logical results.

Instead, the rationals look for the logic of what happens in the game and wonder why what happened happened. For this reason, if a player wants to understand what happens to him in the game in order to change what hurts him, being too emotional is going to play against him. You will need your rational part to be more analytical.

The rational and the emotional are necessary for sport

What is found in the middle of these poles that seem to be so opposite? Rhythm. So that a player can maintain the rhythm in a game, he needs the emotionality to feel it and also the reason to be able to maintain it and not to defocus.

Balance the emotional and the rational to keep the game

It may happen that the parents of a child or adolescent each have opposite characteristics. That is, one is more emotional and the other more rational.

In this case, both need to reach an intermediate point. Perhaps, they can even let the rational characteristics abound a little more so that the young man can find the rhythm in his game.

This can also be applied to an adult, who owns these two parts within himself in different proportions. Then, also to those who are more emotional, they will try to start having more contact with their rational side, or at least they manage to balance to find the internal rhythm.

Build a consistent game

It is more convenient to build a game with consistency, armed, compact and not an emotional game. The tranquility that the player needs comes from reducing the level of drama and emotionality that the game generates.

The less emotional the language that is handled, the better. That is, terms such as “consistent”, “stable” and “determined” are more effective than “good”, “bad”, “sensation”, “joy”, “frustration”, “anger”, etc.

Use qualifiers such as “I did it right or wrong”, when analyzing a blow, it is convenient to change it to “what was done?” This is a way out of evaluative or disqualifying judgment. The value judgment, although it seems elaborate, is nothing more than an irrational emotion disguised as a rational idea.

On the other hand, note the blows allows you to pass the emotions to numbers, that is, leave the emotions to controllable ideas such as numbers. The number gives you criteria of reality, but you are trapped in emotions where you go from being a genius to a disaster.

We have to be careful with the sensation, because the sensation is an emotion and the emotions change all the time. Therefore, one of the goals of psychological work is to try to make the game as emotional as possible to achieve more stability.


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