A new study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who played basketball and other sports had higher levels of positive self-esteem than those who played only video games.
The study was conducted by psychologists from the University of Southern California, and it included 1,000 adults who had participated in the National Basketball Association, and who were then tested for their self-rated emotional well-being.
Researchers used a question about the nature of their team to measure how much they thought about their team and how well they felt about their personal characteristics.
The subjects who participated in this study had high levels of self-reported positive feelings about their teams, and they also had high scores for positive self, negative self, and self-worth.
These two variables, positive self and negative self , correlated strongly with how well participants reported feeling about themselves and their team.
For example, participants who scored highly on self-rating of positive feelings reported higher levels than those that scored low on self–rated positive feelings.
And those who scored low were also more likely to score high on self‐rating of negative feelings.
“These findings support the notion that individuals who play sports are more motivated to be successful than others,” Dr. Erik J. K. Hartmann, one of the study’s authors, said in a press release.
“We found that basketball players were more motivated than others to excel than those in other sports.”
This study is important for two reasons.
First, it helps us understand the psychological motivations of individuals who participate in sports, as well as the types of games they play.
It also helps us better understand how these games affect psychological well-Being.
Second, this study may help inform the design of new mental health interventions.
“For example,” Dr, Hartmann said, “it could be used to develop new treatments for people who are depressed, who struggle with anxiety, or who have suicidal thoughts.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with an anxiety disorder, talk to your doctor.
Your doctor may be able to recommend a specific game or activity that can help you to reduce your symptoms and improve your self-image.
If you want to find out more about the study, visit the University at Buffalo website.