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“I am a part of all that I have met.” (Alfred Lord Tennyson) The quote has both individual and general application for all of us.
How does this quote relate to our topic of the psychological basis of involvement in exercise and physical activity in terms of the material covered in Chapter 9 and Chapter 10?
Alfred Lord Terryson’s quote “I am a part of all that I have met” creates a sense of self-concept. Self-concept is the idea that people have about themselves whether physically, socially, emotionally, or spiritually in regard of others aspects that make them who they are. Self-concept is formed as people grow. Self-concept has a close relationship to other “self” like self-image, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-efficacy.
Nevertheless, the quote is also applicable in how a person sees a group which he or she is part of. One can use this quote to express how his or her involvement in physical activity together with other group members has changed him or her. In such a case, the Group Environment Questionnaire is usually used to measure how cohesive a group is by evaluating task and social aspects of a sportsperson’s attraction and perceptions to a group. Group Environment Questionnaire also helps to determine how an individual is strong psychologically when in and out of a group. Group Environment Test is also used to assess a team’s social climate. Social climate is assessed using factors such as; cohesion, expressiveness, task orientation, independence, order and organization, anger and aggression, and innovation and leader control (Carron, 2013). Another tool, PAGEQ measures cohesion in exercise classes.
In addition, the quote “I am a part of all that I have met” is aligned with the psychological argument that characters and traits are acquired from daily experiences. For this reason, a sportsperson should be made to adopt certain important characters and traits through various psychological strategies. First, he or she can be made to believe in “self” through, for example, attachment. Each team member should attach him/herself to each other in order to create atmosphere of belongingness which is very important for self-actualization (Loughead & Carrasco, 2015). Having a person who can nurture and guide the each person in a sport’s team is another way of making members psychologically strong. They will work harder knowing that what they are doing is right and be assured that if they are doing wrong their instructor will point it out. Working hard in sports cannot be underestimated.
A team should also be made to feel that they have support including social support, enacted support and when necessary, perceived support all of which will help them have the courage to carry on even in the trying moments due to the confidence they think people have in them. Psychologically, sports individuals usually strong, know that they have a reliable alliance that can support them if need be behind them. This boosts their motivation as they feel that they are receiving adequate support to go farther. Lastly, since physical activities are very competitive, team members need to feel recognized and valued for what they are doing (Sireci & Wells, 2012). Therefore, it is crucial to give them credit when they deserve it, a move that reassures them of their worth.
In conclusion, from the discussion above, it is clear that people are usually what they have gone through or met. This reason alone justifies why sportspersons should be integrated with other sportsmen/women to learn from, to get motivation or the willingness to carry on and made to feel that they are appreciated and supported by society for them to emerge stronger both physically and psychologically which is important for self-actualization.
Your discussion is right on point with the self-concept that a person has the potential to be influenced by those they encounter. To take the discussion a step further, can you relate to the quote and see how you, in your professional role and/or coaching, have changed because of those you have met. An example would be taking information back from a clinic and applying it to your coaching.