Performance Psychology is similar to sport psychology but applied to participants other than athletes. We are all performers in one way or another and seek to enhance our performance. The artist, musician, dancer, writer, business woman, marketing consultant or people starting a business are all individuals looking for “the edge” to make a difference in their performance. And we know that that edge can be found by training for the psychological aspects of performance, regardless of the performance demand.
The work is similar to that done with athletes and coaches; however, the clientele include the following:
- artists (i.e., painters, writers, photographers – to improve creativity, transcending “writer’s block,” believing art can be your livelihood)
- musicians (i.e, to facilitate the learning process in beginning students or helping the more highly skilled prepare for recitals/major events)
- dancers (i.e., learning how to build and maintain confidence, use visualization training, perform under pressure and heal from eating disorders)
- actors/actresses (i.e., help learn to play different roles, increase comfort with an audience, improve the quality of time in the studio)
- the business professional (i.e., improve productivity, manage stress, handle conflict, set goals, balancing work and family life)
The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
~ Kahil Gibran