Communication Within Sport Teams: Jungian Preferences and Group Dynamics

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 University of Leeds, UK
  • 2 Insights Learning and Development, Toronto, Canada
  • 3 Insights Learning and Development, Dundee, UK
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Contemporary group dynamics theorists and practitioners consistently highlight the importance of effective communication in facilitating successful team functioning (cf. Carron & Hausenblas, 1998). In this review paper, we explore how an understanding of Jungian preferences (cf. Jung, 1921/1971a) can provide an important theory-driven framework for those concerned with group dynamics in sport. As a basis for improved interaction, this model suggests that in order to effectively “adapt and connect” with other team members, one must first develop an acute understanding of self as well as the patterns of preferences that characterize those with whom one interacts. In this paper, we discuss the theoretical structure of this model and explain how the model can inform group dynamics interventions in sport.

Mark R. Beauchamp is with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9J2, United Kingdom. E-mail: Alan Maclachlan and Andrew M. Lothian are with Insights Learning and Development in Toronto, Canada and Dundee, UK, respectively.

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