What Is A Performance Based Identity and How Does It Affect Athletes?

Many elite athletes suffer from Performance Based Identities. While everyone experiences this to some degree, when it becomes a state-of-mind and makes up 100% of your self-worth, it can be counterproductive.

Dr. Ben Houltberg breaks down Performance Based Identity in this 26 minute presentation (VIDEO ABOVE). It’s worth a look. If you’re at work or studying, put it on and listen to it in the background. It may resonate with you on some level and offer insight into what drives your performance in work, school, and swimming.

Via “Hope Sports” Ben is conducting a survey.  See the description here: If you are currently competing in sport at a professional or elite level, consider being a part of the following study. You would just need to complete a confidential survey online that will take about 15-20 minutes. You will be compensated $10 or have the opportunity to donate the money to a charity. The study is being conducted by Dr. Benjamin Houltberg who speaks at the home builds for Hope Sports. Feel free to pass the link on to any other currently competing elite athlete. Thank you so much for considering this and thank you if you have already participated.

About Dr. Ben Houltberg via TheThriveCenter.org

Dr. Houltberg is an assistant professor of human development with the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University, and an MA in marriage and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University, and a BA from Oral Roberts University. Before coming to Fuller, Houltberg was on the faculty at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Dr. Houltberg’s research centers on socialization processes that shape emotion regulation and the role of emotionality in spiritual and identity formation in youth. Houltberg particularly is interested in how youth in adverse circumstances can thrive, and the emotional health of elite athletes in high-pressure contexts.

Thanks to Tina Andrew for pointing out this video.

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Excellent presentation – this is an area that all athletes, especially in individual sports, need educating in.




This requires a code to watch? Does anyone have said code?

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