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Extreme Sports: A positive transformation in courage and humility

By Eric Brymer and Lindsay Oades


Extreme sports and extreme sports participants have been most commonly explored from a negative perspective, for example the “need to take unnecessary risks.” This study explored what can be learned from extreme sports about courage and humility - two positive psychology constructs. A phenomenological method was used via unstructured interviews with 15 extreme sports participants and other first hand accounts. The extreme sports included B.A.S.E. jumping, big wave surfing, extreme skiing, waterfall kayaking, extreme mountaineering and solo rope-free climbing. Results indicate that humility and courage can be deliberately sought out by participating in activities that involve a real chance of death, fear and the realisation\ud that nature in its extreme is far greater and more powerful than humanity

Topics: 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified, Humility, Courage, Extreme Sports, Risk-taking
Publisher: Sage Journals
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0022167808326199
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