Former DI softball coach Julie Jones delves into cognitive distortions and their impact on athletes in this week's Mental Edge, highlighting how distorted thinking can derail success in high-pressure situations.

By the Numbers
  • Cognitive distortions can hijack thinking and sabotage performance
  • Common distortions include catastrophizing setbacks and minimizing options
  • Dr. Carlin Anderson emphasizes the negative impact of distorted thinking on athlete performance
Yes, But

Cognitive distortions can be prevalent and challenging to overcome, affecting decision-making and confidence in crucial moments.

State of Play
  • Teams experiencing setbacks in tournaments face the choice of viewing setbacks as the end or an opportunity for a comeback
  • Different responses to setbacks can determine the trajectory of a team's performance in high-pressure situations
What's Next

Awareness and management of cognitive distortions are crucial for athletes to navigate high-stress scenarios effectively and maintain focus on performance.

Bottom Line

Julie Jones underscores the importance of recognizing and managing cognitive distortions to stay resilient and make strategic decisions, emphasizing the impact of mindset on athletic performance.