Managing own and others’ emotions in sport
When you have studied this chapter, you should be able to:

  • 1 Define what is an emotion
  • 2 Discuss the theory behind a social-functional approach to emotions and how it might be applied to sport settings
  • 3 Discuss why and how we might try to regulate our own emotions in sport
  • 4 Offer different examples of how to classify emotion regulation strategies
  • 5 Discuss why and how we might try to regulate others’ emotions
Andrew Friesen
This chapter comes from a recent project on emotion regulation called EROS!

EROS is a research project that is studying fundamental and applied questions concerning
Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS).  The project is a
collaboration between researchers from a number of psychological disciplines based at five universities in the UK.  It is funded by a large project grant from
the UK’s
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) that is worth £2.1 m over 4 years (Nov 2008-Jan 2013).

The central node in the collaborative research network was based at Sheffield University, and involves involve researchers from Work Psychology, Clinical
Neuroscience, and Social Psychology. The other network nodes are at the Universities of Oxford (Experimental Social Psychology), Manchester (Clinical
Psychology), Reading (Developmental Psychology), and Wolverhampton (Sports Psychology). The principal investigator is Professor Peter Totterdell from
the Institute of Work Psychology.
Should I strap a battery to my head? When should I listen to my heart? and Can good moods kill?
These are some of the many unusual questions about human emotion that psychologists try to answer in this book. Each chapter poses a different
question about emotion which is then answered in an engaging and succinct way using current scientific evidence. Grouped into sections, the chapters
address the purpose of emotions, what they influence, and how they can be shaped and shared. Practical tips and sources of further information are
provided at the end of each chapter

Edited by Professor Peter Totterdell (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Karen Niven (Manchester Business School), this offbeat science book is the work of a
team of psychologists who conduct research on a wide range of issues relating to emotion. Proceeds from the book will go to a mental health charity and
to fund research on emotion

What is an emotion? What good are emotions anyway? Are emotions all in my head? When should I listen to
my heart? Can I be touchy feely? Are you sure that big boys don't cry?......

PART II: EMOTIONS - DO THEY MATTER? Do emotions lead me to dumb decisions? Can good moods kill? Which moods can give me that Eureka
moment? Will my emotions choke me on my big day? Is anger an energy? Why should I never go to sleep angry?.......

PART III: EMOTIONS - WHEN IS UP DOWN? What happens when I feel bad about feeling good? Can feeling happy be bad for me? Does it hurt to serve
with a smile? Why are weak temptations strong? Is it better to come second or third?......

PART IV: EMOTIONS - WORTH A THOUGHT? Is it helpful to ask "Why do I feel this way"? Why would I want to feel anxious now? Can blaming myself for
bad events ever make me happier? Why can't I learn to predict my emotions? Can I plan to stay calm?.......

PART V: EMOTIONS - TIME TO ACT? Should I tackle my emotions or let them pass? Can I make myself feel better just by smiling? Should I strap a
battery to my head? Money can't buy me love, but can it buy me happiness? Can I run myself happy?........

ART VI: EMOTIONS - ALL ABOUT ME? Are moods contagious? Can I change the way others feel? Is a problem shared a problem halved? Can I fake it
till my team makes it? Will someone please explain my children's emotions to me?.

Brian Parkinson
Peter Totterdell
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The BASES Expert Statement on Emotion Regulation in Sport

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