Connecting My Two Loves: Psychology And Golf

It was only a matter of time before I started writing about the connection between my two great passions – psychology and golf. For a more cohesive (and perhaps more enjoyable?) discussion, let’s approach this by talking about golf and applying some popular psychology concepts.

The moment

When we say “live in the moment”, this means you should focus on what’s in front of you – the next shot or put. If you made a mistake in the previous hole, don’t dwell on it. Don’t think about the next holes. Just focus on the moment.

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The 10-Yard Rule

When you make a mistake or a bad shot, put it in your heard. Scream at yourself for the bad shot in your head. But keep in mind that you’re also walking away from that mistake. Stop venting once you’ve reached 10 yards of where the mistake happened.

Mental endurance

Playing the game under a lot of stress, or too emotionally will take its toll. It can be draining both physically and mentally. Free your mind of any troubles you may think of and simply swing away.

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Stay the course

Not all courses are built equally. Some are more challenging than others. When you find yourself at a particularly difficult hole, play through it no matter how many strokes it would take. It does wonders for your mental game if you finally conquer that mountain.

Wayne Imber here. I’m a retired professor of psychology. Subscribe to this LinkedIn page for more on the stuff I love.

A Beginner’s Guide To Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with scientifically studying how and why human beings change over the course of their lives. Though it was initially just concerned with infants and children, it is a field that today accommodates adolescence, adult development, and aging.

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A developmental psychologist is concerned with understanding and explaining how our feelings, thought, and behaviors change as we live our lives. In other words, this field of scientific study focuses on a human being’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.

There are many facets involved in the three dimensions mentioned above, from moral understanding and the acquisition of language to our self-concept and identity formation. As the field expanded, developmental psychologists incorporated different processes and nuances of cultures all over the world: how nature and nurture make us who we are based on our contexts and milieus.

It is not a field that exists in a vacuum; developmental psychology complements and involves a wide array of related fields, from child development and cultural psychology to forensic and cognitive psychology. Some of the most renowned names in the history of psychology are developmental psychologists. These include Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, and Sigmund Freud.

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Retired professor Dr. Wayne Imber taught psychology in many schools in Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts for over 30years. His emphasis was social psychology and developmental psychology. For related reads, visit this blog.

Understanding Social Psychology And Its Relevance To Society

The concept of social psychology had initially been established during the time of Plato when he introduced “crowd mind.” The philosopher opined that some people have a tendency to possess a collective mind when they are together. And while it is no longer an accepted postulate, it was the first theory that concerned the effect of socialization to the human psyche.

In the late 19th century, other similar studies were made, including social facilitation, or the tendency of people to perform in a different way when with others, and social loafing, which explains that individuals are likely to give less effort when they are part of a group.

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But the formal study of social psychology started after the horrors of Holocaust during World War II. Researchers desired to understand what drove people to follow orders or bow to social pressure that resulted in countless people suffering – even the innocent ones. It has since evolved into a discipline that seeks to “understand and explain how the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other human beings.”

Because of social psychology, studies on how people function, conduct themselves and make decisions in social situations, such as in a group or public can now be done. And the discipline is now being applied to different fields, such as the academe, corporate world, market research, economics, the judicial system, and many more.

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Hi, I’m Wayne Imber, a retired professor that has taught psychology for more than 30 years at many schools Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts. Subscribe to my blog for more articles about the discipline.