Association of Applied Performance Psychology

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Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. — World Health Organization

Dr. Bruce Lawrie developed the Inner Competitor model over a 30-year period of working with children, adults, and families. The Inner Competitor uses an evidence-based, practical, action-oriented, educational approach, to help people manage emotional, thinking and behavioural challenges, develop resilience and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

The Inner Competitor teaches that events alone do not control a person’s feelings and behaviour, and helps people recognize how their thoughts about an event significantly influence their feelings and behaviour. This apparently simple yet powerful approach can help people manage and overcome difficulties, achieve life goals and promote positive changes in their mental and physical wellbeing.

In sum, the Inner Competitor promotes an understanding of how thoughts can trigger distress. Teaches skills that develop the capacity to manage thoughts in a manner that improves problem-solving capacity, support positive behavioural change, develop resilience, improves mental and physical wellbeing, overcome psychological challenges and attain sporting, academic, and life goals.

MENTAL and PHYSICAL WELLBEING: Qualified therapists can use Inner Competitor techniques to facilitate the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Including preventing mental health problems before they occur and minimizing or correcting problems when they occur.

TRAINING: Teaching staff, parents, social workers, counsellors, therapists, nurses, athletes, coaches, HR staff and entrepreneurs can become accredited Inner Competitor Tutors. This will enable them to use Inner Competitor techniques to help others identify their unique pattern of beliefs (attitudes and expectations) that contribute toward emotional distress and support the reformulation of any problematic beliefs into more socially and emotionally supportive ones.

Inner Competitor methods can be used in either individual or group settings. This degree of flexibility allows Inner Competitor methods to be shaped to meet the specific needs of an individual or group.