Personality and Participation in Sport

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Personality Stability


Welcome to the research guide for Personality and Participation in Sport. "Personality is the sum of the components that make each individual unique. It affects how we respond to different situations and involves our character, intellect, physique and temperament." (BBC, 2017). This guide explores theories of the Big Five Personality Traits to support Year 12 students investigating the possible correlation between personality traits and participation in sport. 

Who Are You?

Little, B. (2016, June 19). Who are you really? The puzzle of personality [Video file]. Ted Talks

What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Join Little as he dissects the surprising differences between introverts and extroverts and explains why your personality may be more malleable than you think.

Personality Trait Correlations - Research Examples

Sports Psychology

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