10 episodes

A show about the psychology of human performance from coaching psychologist and writer Larry G. Maguire. The Mental Game explores performance psychology as it applies to work, sport, career and all domains where human beings perform. We will examine aspects of performance such as behaviour, expertise, intelligence, habits, perception, attention, cognition and emotion. Improve your mental game, learn to manage performance anxiety, cope under pressure and produce consistently higher-level performance at work with the psychological skills of experts. Read more at theperformatist.com

The Mental Game The Performatist

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A show about the psychology of human performance from coaching psychologist and writer Larry G. Maguire. The Mental Game explores performance psychology as it applies to work, sport, career and all domains where human beings perform. We will examine aspects of performance such as behaviour, expertise, intelligence, habits, perception, attention, cognition and emotion. Improve your mental game, learn to manage performance anxiety, cope under pressure and produce consistently higher-level performance at work with the psychological skills of experts. Read more at theperformatist.com

    EP010 Rob O'Donohue: Creating Positive Workplace Cultures

    EP010 Rob O'Donohue: Creating Positive Workplace Cultures

    In this week's episode of The Mental Game, I'm talking with Rob O'Donohue from Gartner Consulting on how to create positive workplace culture for small organisations. You'll learn in this episode that even if you are a solo business owner, you can begin to create the right workplace culture for the future. The seeds planted now while you build your business will be vital for positive workplace culture and growth later.

    • 31 min
    EP009 The Ugly Face of Unethical Leadership

    EP009 The Ugly Face of Unethical Leadership

    Why do airline manufacturers hide potentially catastrophic faults from their customers? Why does big tech use behavioural psychology to take advantage of young developing brains? And why do car makers hide vehicle emission data from the public? At the core of these breeches, is unethical decision-making by business leaders with concern for profit at all costs. Unethical Leadership results from a skewed sense of priority, a heightened sense of self-importance, and

    • 28 min
    EP008 Self Determination Theory: What Motivates You To Work

    EP008 Self Determination Theory: What Motivates You To Work

    Self-determination is an important concept when considering the human motivation to work and perform. Self-determination theory (SDT) explains the human motivation, and according to Edward Deci, it is "the energy for action. It gets us up in the morning and moves us through the day". Motivation allows us to make personal choices based on survival, integration, and work with others and allows us to feel we have control over the direction of our lives. In this episode, we explore motivation to work from the perspective of self-determination theory and look at how internally generated motivation is healthier and more sustainable than externally generated motivation. In this sense, commanding our own work seems consistent with self-determination theory.

    • 33 min
    [Excerpt] Dr Jonathan Murphy on Work

    [Excerpt] Dr Jonathan Murphy on Work

    Over lockdown, I had been considering formats for some new content on work. Settling on an audio series, the loose plan was to meet up with people from diverse backgrounds and record our conversations around the question; how do you feel about daily work?







    So as restrictions eased last month, I nabbed Dr Jonathan Murphy, a former psychology lecturer of mine and now senior executive learning and development at Enterprise Ireland for a chat. Cumiskey's Pub, Dublin 7 was the venue and over several hours we discussed topics such as social media and free speech, Chomsky on academic freedom, the meaning and purpose of work, and in this short clip, the benefits of a psychology degree to all areas of life and work. (No pints - unfortunately!)







    The following 4 min clip is an intro to the longer publication of our conversation due out in September as part of the series on Work. I'll be asking supermarket workers, barristers, dentists, unemployed people, nurses, and a variety of other professions, how they feel about daily work. Subscribe to The Performatist to receive these personal and sometimes moving conversations.















    Guest Profile









    Dr Jonathan Murphy







    Dr Jonathan Murphy is a learning & development specialist with Enterprise Ireland. A former lecturer and researcher, he currently works with senior business leaders and c-suite teams to enhance their non-cognitive skills and strategic leadership capabilities. His background is in the cognitive neuroscience of learning & memory, decision making, human performance, and entrepreneurship and innovation.







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    Transcript







    Larry (00:00):When you were a kid, what was the goal? What did you want to be?







    Jon (00:08):I can't honestly remember when I was, like under 10 or 12. I think as a teenager, I dabbled with the idea of being a musician and did the whole thing as a teenager, played in the band and I actually went to college to study that. I studied music and media management at college, and I loved the first year of doing that. And then in second year, I realised as with most things in life that it's going to be who you know in the industry and not what you know. And I think one of the things that I'd tell this advice to anyone coming out of college or anyone in a job that they're not happy with, you know, it's; try and build your network, try and like the importance of human relationships actually getting in and sitting down in front of somebody and building a relationship that way is really, really important. Um, the importance of saying yes to opportunities.







    So oftentimes we're really busy. We tend to limit what we do. We limit ourselves to stuff that we're comfortable with. I think, one of the things we introduced for final year students was the employability and action module, was going out and doing volunteer work. Now I'm in two minds on volunteer work because I think there are exploited practices that go on there massively in psychology. Huge, right. I wrote an article in the Irish Psychologist in 2017 or 18, that was around the health of academic psychology. And it was [advocating for] making a better future for psychology graduates, and also showing them opportunities outside of academia and outside of the usual stuff. So I can remember, you would have been told in first-year and maybe throughout the degree, would have been all of your various sub-disciplines in psychology, but it wasn't really expressed to an extent it was, but the skills that you develop the way in which you can transfer them over to be very useful in areas of whether it be, project management or whether it be sales roles or whether it be in eh…

    • 4 min
    EP007 For The Prize or The Love of It?

    EP007 For The Prize or The Love of It?

    In the pursuit of success we can lead ourselves astray. Caught up in how we might be perceived, or in anticipation of the prize, we lose our focus. The work become less important that the material results. This is detrimental to high performance. High performance can only ever be seen in retrospect. In other words, it's only when the job is done do we get to see the fruit of our work. Therefore, we've got to get into the work for its own sake. Rewards will be a reflection of our degree of focus, of forgetting the self, of the self becoming absorbed in the work. All thought about our performance takes us out of the work. It is in the absence of self that success comes. https://theperformatist.com/subscribe



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    EP006 The Autotelic Personality

    EP006 The Autotelic Personality

    In this episode, we will explore the autotelic personality and the aspects of the self essential for peak experience in work, sport and indeed life. We will also explore the nine optimal conditions for Flow according to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. High performance in all domains of work and play requires it, and the degree to which we may cultivate these aspects of personality will almost certainly influence our performance results. Want to become a better actor, writer, craftsperson, athlete or business person? Consider these 9 aspects of the autotelic personality and work consistently to build them in yourself.


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    • 22 min

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