Professor Peter Clough | Technical Director | AQR International
Professor Peter Clough really needs little introduction. Whilst at the University of Hull, Peter initiated a programme of work which led to the development of the 4Cs framework of Mental Toughness – published in 2002 and now comfortably the most widely adopted description of Mental Toughness globally.
Since that time, he has collaborated with researchers all over the world to examine the concept further and to identify links to important aspects of work and life – his name appears on around 50 peer-reviewed papers.
By inclination an applied psychologist, his work has always focused on real-world issues. In recent times, together with long term collaborator Doug Strycharczyk, Peter has been instrumental in taking the Mental Toughness concept to the next level.
The Evolution of the Mental Toughness Concept and its Relationship with Key Ideas and Concepts in use Today
Mental toughness describes “how we think” when events occur. Most practitioners engage with developing behaviour – “how we act when events occur”. How we think is a major determinant of how we act.
In the last 10 years, a great deal of research has focused on how Mental Toughness relates to issues such as Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, Resilience, Fatigue and Overwork, Positivity, Decision Making, the Dark Triad, Flow and Directed Forgetting. Each with its application in people and organisational development.
The result is that the Mental Toughness concept can both explain and join these ideas – often enabling them to be integrated effectively. And sometimes, it can expose those ideas that are not so well-founded in evidence-based practice.
This promises to be informative as well as provocative.
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