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Circus Psychology: Dr Fleur van Rens

Posted by Team APATA | Sep 21, 2022

Circus Psychology: An Applied Guide to Thriving Under the Big Top

The lives of circus artists can be mentally and physically demanding. Circus Psychology: An Applied Guide to Thriving Under the Big Top is an evidence-based guide to nurturing the mental health of circus artists while enabling them to perform at the peak of their capacities.

The book is organised into three accessible sections: mental health in circus, optimising the circus environment to facilitate thriving, and mental skills for thriving in circus.

The first section introduces general mental health concepts, provides insight into the mental health of circus artists, the stress process, and the role of psychological resilience and perfectionism in mental health.

The second section offers insight into motivation and engagement in circus, the features of a psychologically safe circus environment, and advice on psychologically supportive talent development environment.

The final section explains, applies, and provides practice material for mental skills, including goal setting, self-talk, mental imagery, arousal regulation, and visual anticipation.

Written by Dr Fleur van Rens, a circus artist and lecturer in sport psychology at Murdoch University, Perth, this book is an essential resource for those passionate about the mental health of amateurs and professionals in the circus industry.

“Being a circus artist is more than just clowning around”

Buy hardcover or Kindle versions of Circus Psychology: HERE

Visit circuspsychology.com for more about Dr van Rens’ research projects.

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