Ep 181: How Does Self Talk Improve Your Game?

Bullet TimeLet’s talk sports psychology. When you participate in a sport do you talk to yourself? Do you try to “psych yourself up”, or do you give yourself instructions on how to hold a part of your body or how much energy to exert or when to hold back? This is the kind of self-talk that psychologists study and it’s interesting to learn when you say these things to yourself and when they’ll be most effective. Also, some athletes feel that time slows down for them and they can really “see the ball”. Every happen to you? Let’s find out what’s going on in your brain when these kinds of time illusions (or “chronostasis“) events occur. Some fascinating stuff from the world of sports psychology.

Resources on Sports Psychology



  1. Michael, Greek names are not that hard to pronounce. Perhaps you should practice them a few times before the podcast. Break them down into smaller sounds and it makes it easier. It is easy to say Hatzi, and George and Iadis, now just say all three quickly. The same with Theodore – akis.
    I am embarrassed for you and cringe slightly when you try to say these names.
    BTW, I am not Greek (although having neighbours called Hatzikiriakos might have helped me getting my tongue around these names.)
    I still love your podcasts.

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