Are you self-handicapping?

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“Self-handicapping is contrary to many mental preparation techniques that sport psychologists typically advise (for example positive self-talk). However, this makes sense when we recognize that the primary goal of dispositional self-handicapping is not enhancing performance. Rather, it is the protecting ourselves against the loss of self-esteem or embarrassment in public.”

– From a post on Sportsminded. Want a better idea of what the author is explaining? Read the blog entry.

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