There’s an interesting piece from sports psychologist Dan Abrahams on LinkedIn that makes some interesting observations. The first notable item is the following.

Negative emotion is not the opposite of positive emotion.

They lie on different continuums.

Positive emotion = extraversion
Negative emotion = neuroticism

Introversion is not the opposite of extraversion. Introversion is the absence of extraversion.

I previously wrote about introversion/extroversion in coaching. It’s an interesting subject. Abrahams point here is that it takes a degree of extraversion to exhibit positive emotion, while negative emotion is inherently self-focused. Give the post a read and let me know what you think.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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