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Applied Sport Psychology Consultants’ Reflections on the Role of Humor in Consultancy: “It's Like Having another Skill in Your Arsenal”. / Pack, Stephen; Arvinen-Barrow, Monna; Winter, Stacy; Hemmings, Brian.

In: The Sport Psychologist, Vol. 34, No. 1, 03.2020, p. 54-61.

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abstract = "Previousresearch demonstrates that sport psychology consultants use humor to facilitatethe working alliance, reinforce client knowledge, and create healthy learningenvironments. The current study sought to gain further insights intoconsultants{\textquoteright} reflections on the role of humor, humor styles, purposes forhumor, and experiences of humor use. Forty-eight sport psychology consultants completedan online survey comprising open-ended questions. Thematic analysis revealed fourthemes: (a) it{\textquoteright}s the way I tell {\textquoteleft}em, (b) it{\textquoteright}s the way I don{\textquoteright}t tell {\textquoteleft}em, (c) thisis why I tell {\textquoteleft}em, and (d) learning to use humor in consultancy. Participantsused two styles of humor (i.e., {\textquoteleft}deadpan{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}self-deprecating{\textquoteright}) each having thegoal of facilitating the working alliance. Although not all participants usedhumor during consultancy, its incorporation might render the working allianceand the real relationship as resources in ways (e.g., a “barometer” thatpredicts consultancy outcomes) previously not considered in applied sportpsychology. ",
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