How To Help Perfectionists Recapture The Fun Part Of Their Sport #BITESIZE

EP 230 Episode Cover Alessia Bruno

How To Help Perfectionists Recapture The Fun Part Of Their Sport #BITESIZE

Dr. Alessia Bruno is a Clinical and Sports Psychologist, Mental and Performance Trainer specialising in Brainspotting and EMDR. She lectures at National Sport congresses and holds courses accredited by the Ministry of Health.  She helps athletes and performing artists to overcome blocks, choking, slumps, yips, trauma and works with expansion to take people and their potential beyond to where it was before the issue.

Alessia Bruno

Clinical and Sports Psychologist – Dr. Alessia Bruno

Today, with my colleague Dr Alessia Bruno we discuss the downsides to perfectionism and how many athletes can get obsessed by their sports, training harder and harder, pushing themselves to the limit.  The result can then be burnout, playing in fear or a lack of enjoyment.

Enjoy tuning in!

Key Learning Points

  • Sport can be seen as a job by perfectionist athletes.
  • When searching to get better, the perfectionist can lose the ability to perform with freedom and trust.
  • Physically the perfectionist athlete can become tense and rigid losing control of their fine motor skills, rhythm and timing.
  • Striving for perfection can lead to loss of enjoyment.
  • Visualisation is a great tool when trying to reconnect with the fun and playful part of your personality.

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Relevant Podcast Episodes To Help Perfectionist Athletes

Ep122: Prof Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

Ep131 David Charlton – How to Deal with Self-Criticism using Self Compassion – FINAL PART

Ep142: Alessia Bruno – Is Striving for Perfection a Good Thing in Gymnastics?

Ep156: Ruth Chiles – There is Hope: How to Overcome Focal Dystonia

Ep170: David Charlton – How To Help Perfectionists With Their Mental Approach

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How to Trust Your Skills When You’re a Goalkeeper

How to Help Children Overcome Fear of Failure

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David Charlton

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Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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    Is Striving For Perfection A Good Thing In Gymnastics?

    EP 142 Episode Cover Alessia Bruno

    Is Striving For Perfection A Good Thing In Gymnastics?

    Dr. Alessia Bruno is a Clinical and Sports Psychologist, Mental and Performance Trainer specialising in Brainspotting and EMDR. She lectures at National Sport congresses and holds courses accredited by the Ministry of Health.  She helps athletes and performing artists to overcome blocks, choking, slumps, yips, trauma and works with expansion to take people and their potential beyond to where it was before the issue.

    Alessia Bruno

    Clinical and Sports Psychologist – Dr. Alessia Bruno

    In episode 142 of Demystifying Mental Toughness, Dr. Alessia Bruno and David discuss perfectionism in gymnastics as well as across other sports and walks of life.  We go on to look at healthy perfectionism, as well as the downsides to the trait where we share some advice for gymnasts, athletes in general, coaches and parents.

    Key Learning Points

    • Gymnasts are judged on their performances which can go on to impact their self-esteem.
    • The intensity of their lives can mean some gymnasts run the risk of burnout.
    • Characteristics of rigidity and control can lead people to be more vulnerable to other people’s judgments.
    • Perfectionist traits can suck the fun out of sport.
    • Social approval can be a big problem for some athletes where they spend a lot of time worrying about what others think.
    • Striving for perfection can lead to excessive self-criticism.

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    Website

    Connect with David Charlton

    Sign Up to Conversations with Kids

    Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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    Relevant Podcast Episodes

    Ep014: Alessia Bruno – The Yips, Crashes, Trauma in Sport there is hope for Athletes

    Ep122: Prof Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

    Ep129: David Charlton – How to Deal with Self-Criticism using Self Compassion – PT1

    Ep130 David Charlton – How to Deal with Self-Criticism using Self Compassion – PT2

    Ep131 David Charlton – How to Deal with Self-Criticism using Self Compassion – FINAL PART

    Other Relevant Blogs and Resources

    Blog: How to Stay Relaxed as a Gymnast When the Pressure is On

    Blog: How to Overcome Psychological Blocks in Gymnastics

    Blog: Body Image in Sport

    Blog: Bullying -The Dark Side of Sport

    Gymnastics Psychology Library

    IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S SHOW PLEASE SHARE

    SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN ON YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIO PLATFORM

    Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

    David Charlton

    Best Wishes 

    David Charlton

    Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

    Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

    T: +44 7734 697769

    E: [email protected]

    Search Our Sports Psychology Website

    Popular Categories

    Join Our Online Community Now!

    Mental Edge Newsletter

    Are you an athlete, coach or parent that would like to learn how to create sustainable high performance? Receive our free regular newsletter, where we share proven mental toughness and high performance tips and strategies. If you want some support and motivation straight to your inbox, then sign up below.

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