Article:Are psychologists needed within the eSports environment?
|Are psychologists needed within the eSports environment?|
Are psychologists needed within the eSports environment?
To answer this question eSportspedia’s Víctor “Datkros” has done research on why psychologists are involved in mainstream sports and examined the current eSports atmosphere to reach a conclusion.
Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destinationTeam Coast’s now-former jungler NintendudeX is taking a break from the competitive scene due in part to an alarming amount of negative "feedback" he was receiving via social media. It introduced him to a cycle of self-doubt which negatively impacted his play. While many who weigh in on such matters say that the solution is simply to “ignore the haters,” this has clearly proven itself to be an unviable option. It doesn't matter whether your mom is there to reproach you for failing half your classes in college or not; you know she’s disappointed. The same is happening in eSports: regardless of whether a player checks his social media or not, he knows that people are judging him for every misplay, for every missed smite. This breach of a person’s mental focus can and does break a player’s focus. The amount of pressure is immeasurable.
[The player’s] motivation, goal-seeking, anxiety, competitive anxiety, focus, focus under pressure, fears, internal pressures, external pressures, self-confidence, decision-making, reaction to adversity, tolerance to frustration, self-concept, aggression levels, group adaptation, place on the group, interpersonal bonds, [the] bond with the coach, bond[s] with the staff members, tension indicators, etc. (translated from Roffe, 6).
How does this translate into eSports?
League of Legends and eSports as a whole is a land full of young adults who are still developing as people, with almost no prior experience of being the center of attention. They haven't trained for years, they haven't spent a year practicing without being drafted, and they haven't tasted the flavor of defeat in front of a large audience. While the processes in eSports are not necessarily bad at the core, learning to get up after you fall is essential. You can't expect to win every time. You will lose, and when you do it's going to be hard. That is unavoidable, especially when the League of Legends scene is fluctuating as much as it does, being able to handle losses is an ability all pro players must possess.
In eSports, some of these motivational exercises are being used, specifically the poster exercises are already being done in eSports - a wall with several motivational phrases is present in the
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A couple of months ago, the
Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destinationSK Gaming squad revealed that they had hired a sports psychologist to help them out in their LCS road. While there is no tangible proof that his hiring was the main factor behind their first-place finish in the 2014 EU LCS Spring Split regular season, their confidence and consistency has surely improved.
Published on 13. May 2014