Extreme Sports: A positive transformation in courage and humility

Brymer, Eric & Oades, Lindsay (2009) Extreme Sports: A positive transformation in courage and humility. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 49(1), pp. 114-126.

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Extreme sports and extreme sports participants have been most commonly explored from a negative perspective, for example the “need to take unnecessary risks.” This study explored what can be learned from extreme sports about courage and humility - two positive psychology constructs. A phenomenological method was used via unstructured interviews with 15 extreme sports participants and other first hand accounts. The extreme sports included B.A.S.E. jumping, big wave surfing, extreme skiing, waterfall kayaking, extreme mountaineering and solo rope-free climbing. Results indicate that humility and courage can be deliberately sought out by participating in activities that involve a real chance of death, fear and the realisation that nature in its extreme is far greater and more powerful than humanity.

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ID Code: 25919
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Humility, Courage, Extreme Sports, Risk-taking
DOI: 10.1177/0022167808326199
ISSN: 1552-650X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2009 04:52
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:57

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