Case Study on Composure and Emotional Control Debra Van Dyke National University Psy442 Dr. Barba June 10, 2011
The main study in this case is Zac, a talented golf player on the golf team at Southern Michigan University. The golf team at present holds a 3-0 record with three matches remaining in the season. Zac appears to be a strong player when conditions are right, but falls apart easily when conditions are not ideal or if he hits a bad shot. Zac is distancing himself from the other team players creating fiction and resentment. Interestingly Zac has qualified for the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur tournaments and before that, when in high school Zac was state-runner up twice. (Rotella, 1998) Coach Knox is concerned about Zacs lack of helping with the golf teams scores as well as his avoiding the other team members and not appearing to be having fun playing on the team. Coach Knox is concerned with Zacs mood swings, as well as frustrated with Zacs overall performance for the team. The issues in this case appear to be mood swings, extreme lows and highs, lack of commitment to play at an optimal level and Zacs distance from other team members, not feeling part of the team.
Zac appears to have a low sense of self-efficacy. According to Bandura perceived self-efficacy is defined as peoples beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives. (Bandura, 1997) People with high assurance in their capabilities approach difficult task as challenges to be mastered rather than threats to be avoided. Those with low assurance such as Zac doubt their capabilities shy away from difficult tasks which they view as personal threats. When faced with difficult tasks, they dwell on their personal deficiencies, the obstacles they will encounter, and all kinds of adverse outcomes rather than concentrate on how to perform successfully. As Bandura points out people who experience easy...
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