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Elaborating the Mastery State and the Confidence Frame

Jonathan Males, John Kerr, Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo

Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality: Reversal Theory Studies, Volume: 4

Swansea University Author: Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.12689/jmep.2015.405

Abstract

The role of the mastery metamotivational state and the antecedents of the confidence frame have, until now, been poorly defined in RT research. The purpose of this theoretical manuscript is to provide an elaboration of reversal theory's (RT) mastery state and more clearly define its relationshi...

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Published in: Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality: Reversal Theory Studies
ISSN: 23312343
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa26213
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Abstract: The role of the mastery metamotivational state and the antecedents of the confidence frame have, until now, been poorly defined in RT research. The purpose of this theoretical manuscript is to provide an elaboration of reversal theory's (RT) mastery state and more clearly define its relationship with protective confidence frames, its interaction with other metamotivational states, and its antecedents. By exploiting the full theoretical range of the mastery state to consider the autocentric (striving against others) and intra-autic (striving with self), alloic (enabling others) and pro-autic (striving with others) states a series of propositions describing the relationship between mastery state combinations and sports performance is developed. This more detailed elaboration of the confidence frame argues that it is primarily a function of the mastery state, which functions with either the telic or paratelic states to create a focused state of mind [(flow)] that is conducive to sports performance. It has also been suggested that an individual’s level of risk tolerance is mediated by the interaction between mastery and telic/paratelic dominance. This offers a different perspective not only on participation in competitive sport, but also on how different individuals might appraise any form of risk. The manuscript is set in the context of sport and exercise psychology, but the arguments presented have implications for other areas of psychology and for human endeavour and performance in general. It is intended as a discussion document aimed at stimulating debate and rethinking about the nature and role of the mastery state in RT.
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