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Defense Mechanisms In Sports

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Defense Mechanisms: Unconscious maneuvers intended to minimize anxiety.

According to Freud, our ego engages in using defense mechanisms to deal with anxiety. People use these in everyday life in order to feel better about themselves. If something bad happens to you, just forget it. If you did something wrong, you can blame it on something else. Us, as human beings, subconsciously deceive ourselves so that we can emotionally feel better.

This is extremely common in sports. Professional and Varsity athletes are under huge amounts of pressure to perform well. If a professional football player plays poorly, he will not get signed to a contract, and lose out on millions of dollars. If a high school football player plays poorly, he will be the laughing stock of the school and will not score that hot prom date.

In order to deal with failures in sports, athletes unconsciously use defense mechanisms.

In a football game last year. Wide Receiver, Steve Johnson, dropped the winning touchdown pass. He later went on to blame God on his Twitter account. Asking how "God could do this to me." He is displacing his poor play onto God so he does not feel as bad.

As a former high school football player, I have experienced defense mechanisms first hand. I remember players looking at their hands as if they did something wrong after dropping a pass. Personally, I took a hard helmet to helmet hit after catching a pass during a game. This caused me to fumble the ball. I don't know if it was the concussion causing me to forget the play, or my ego trying to REPRESS it, but either way, I do not remember it very well.

Emerging adulthood is defined as the period in our lives from the ages 18-25. This is the stage in life where many aspects of emotion develop. This stage particularly applies to college students like us.

Although changes in personality also occur, the Emerging Adulthood stage is still different from earlier adolescence. In adolescence, the primary internal conflict is "identity vs. role confusion." For example,in adolescence prior to the Emerging Adulthood stage, I solidified who my friends are, that I still see today. I also could be labeled with an identity as I played sports in high school. Emerging Adulthood is different from earlier adolescence because it deals with internal personal development rather than how we are seen by others in the environment.
So right now, it is normal for us to be preoccupied with our own internal personal developments. The Emerging Adulthood stage is categorized by a solidity in personality and life goals. I know for certain that I (at 19 years old) think about my life goal each day. This stage may be due to the fact that it is the age in which we, as colleges students, determine our profession that will impact the rest of our lives. My main question is that if this stage can change based on cultural input. For example, would people living in a culture where youth assume more responsibility at an earlier age undergo the Emerging Adulthood stage earlier in life. Like 15 or 16. Or is the solidity of personality and identity due to biological reasons not occurring until later years. (18-25)

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