Books by Dr. Jim Taylor



Dr. Taylor is the first author of 14 books and the lead editor of three academic textbooks on topics as wide ranging as child rearing, the psychology of sport and dance, and sports injury rehabilitation and management. All of the books share a common theme: helping people to maximize their abilities and achieve their goals. Dr. Taylor’s objective in all of his books is to offer deep insights, useful information, and practical tools that readers can use to better their lives. Dr. Taylor’s books are available through major bookstores, on-line booksellers, and this web site (see below for purchase links).

Positive Pushing

The challenge of balancing childhood achievement and happiness often puts parents in a position of uncertainty. If children are pushed too hard, they may rebel and achieve neither success nor happiness. If parents don’t push enough, their children may be self-satisfied and unmotivated. Parents often feel they must choose between two alternatives: sheltering their children from the cruel realities of the world so they can experience a “happy childhood” or driving their kids so they can get into the best schools and achieve financial success as adults. Dr. Taylor avoids this “either/or” choice that parents face and, instead, shows that…

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Prime Sport book series

As one of America’s premier mental coaches, Dr. Jim Taylor knows what it takes to achieve competitive success. The lessons Dr. Taylor has learned from working with some of the world’s best athletes and coaches will change the way you train and compete. The Prime Sport series goes to a new level in understanding and teaching mental aspects of sport to athletes and coaches. The Prime Sport book series introduces you to the essential mental factors that impact sport performance including motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions. You will learn simple and practical techniques you can use to maximize the quality of your training, be totally prepared to compete at your highest level, and perform your best when it really counts. You will learn about the secrets that make world-class and professional athletes great and how you can incorporate those secrets into your own sport. The Prime Sport book series will teach you how to take your sport performance to new heights. Ultimately, the Prime Sport book series will show you how to experience the “Triumph of the Mental Game!” The Prime Sport book series offers sport-specific versions for tennis, golf, alpine ski racing, and a general version that can be used for all sports.

Prime Ski Racing also offers the Mental Edge imagery audio files that lead alpine racers through a relaxation and mental imagery procedure in which they are guided through actual race scenarios. These audio files can instill commitment, build confidence, improve focus, and much more. Prices below do not include domestic ($5) or international ($10) shipping.

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PRIME SKI RACING book + MENTAL EDGE audio files ($34.95; save $5):

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The Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training

The Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training introduces readers to the all-important role that the mind plays in triathlon training and competition. This first-of-its-kind book explores the mental areas that either fosters triathlon success or leads to triathlon failure, including motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, emotions, and pain. Readers learn essential mental tools, such as goal setting, mental imagery, and routines. They also learn how to improve the quality of training and how to avoid overtraining, burnout, and injury. The book offers a section addressing special concerns that triathletes will find valuable, including Ironman training and racing, the unhealthy side of triathlon, and a unique chapter offering lessons from the world’s best triathletes. Ultimately, The Triathlete’s Guide offers readers practical information and useful skills to help them overcome the many challenges with which they are confronted in triathlon.

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Your Children Are Listening

From Dr. Jim Taylor, a trusted parenting expert and author — a practical guide to staying “on message” with your children, including the nine essential messages to get your children off to a great start on life. At the heart of this insightful, resonant, and practical book is the realization that children become the messages they get the most. These messages are imparted not only through parents’ word, emotions, and actions, but also through simply who parents are. Given the inherent power that parents have in shaping their children through their messages, the core question parents should be asking themselves is, “How can I…

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Raising Generation Tech

A practical guide for helping your children navigate the influential and omnipresent world of technology. Today’s children are being raised as ‘digital natives’ in a world dominated by popular culture and technology. TV shows, computers, video games, social networking sites, advertisements, and cell phones too often have an unnecessarily strong—and negative– influence on children. But pulling the plug just isn’t an option in a world where being connected is essential for success. In Raising Generation Tech, the noted parenting and new-media expert Dr. Jim Taylor explores how popular culture and technology shape children’s lives. The essential message from Raising Generation Tech is that…

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Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence

Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence, authored by Drs. Jim Taylor and Elena Estanol, helps dancers develop the psychological tools to maximize their performance. The book covers all the mental aspects of dance performance and offers practical exercises that will make dancers’ minds their most powerful allies. Dancers will be able to build a strong foundation for performance through the book’s numerous psychological strategies, which have been specifically written for dancers. The text offers a comprehensive, individualized program that dancers can use to reach their potential in artistry and excellence in school, the dance profession, and in dance-related careers. And the book comes with a companion web resource that contains 32 worksheets that will help dancers grow mentally through reflection and self-examination. Dancers will be able to use and reuse these tools to refine their technique and overcome performance challenges. To help dancers elevate their performance, the authors explore these concepts in the context of dance performance, and provide practical exercises for each concept: Self-knowledge Motivation Confidence Intensity Focus Emotions Goal-setting Imagery The authors also examine the foundations of dance psychology and delve into special concerns for dancers including stress and burnout, pain and injury, and disordered eating, and how to ensure that dance is a life-affirming experience for all who dance.

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Practice Development in Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Jim Taylor and an experienced team of authors provide a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain a consulting business in sport and performance psychology. A must-read for graduate students and professionals alike. This book explores the gamut of issues related to building a successful consulting business including creating a unique value proposition, writing a business plan, branding and marketing, using social media, how to cultivate clients, and much more. Says Kate Hays, Ph.D., Past president, APA Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology, “This book provides a blueprint and a process for establishing a consulting business and offers ideas that you can return to regularly to keep your consulting business moving forward.”

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Applying Sport Psychology

Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives offers professors, students, and professionals in the field, as well as coaches and athletes, a comprehensive survey of major issues in applied sport psychology. What makes this book unique is that it provides information and insights from some of the world’s best minds who generate, disseminate, and use sport psychology information: researchers, consultants, coaches, and athletes. Applying Sport Psychology is organized into four parts: Psychological Factors Athletic Performance (motivation, confidence, intenisty, focus, and emotions), Enhancing Athletic Performance (psychological assessment, goal setting, mental imagery, and routines), Psychology and the Coach (coach-athlete relationship, team dynamics), and Psychological Problems of Athletes (injuries, eating disorders, substance abuse, and career transition). Readers will gain a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the most significant issues in the field of sport psychology.

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Psychological Approaches to Sports Injury Rehabilitation

With Psychological Approaches to Sports Injury Rehabilitation, sports medicine professionals and injured athletes develop a clear understanding of the psychological and emotional issues that impact athletic injury and rehabilitation. They also learn practical information and skills they can use to enhance the rehabilitation process. Readers are shown how to incorporate psychological considerations into traditional rehabilitation programs so that psychological and emotional factors facilitate rather than interfere with rehabilitation. Find out how to recognize psychological barriers to effective rehabilitation including poor motivation, low confidence, depression, pain, and fear of reinjury. Learn how to design easy-to-follow psychological rehabilitation programs. Use simple and practical tools such as positive self-talk, focusing, relaxation, and imagery to rehabilitate the psychological “muscles.” Psychological Approaches to Sports Injury Rehabilitation is the first resource to help injured athletes overcome the psychological obstacles to a complete recovery and return-to-sport. The goal of this book is to assist injured athletes in having a timely and successful recovery and enable them to be physically and psychologically prepared to return to their sport ready to perform again at their highest level.

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Comprehensive Sports Injury Management

This book is directed toward and will benefit all sports medicine professionals who work in the injury management process including orthopedists, nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, psychologists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and others. The objective of this book is to create in these professionals an understanding of and the desire and ability to use this comprehensive information and strategies in their day-to-day work in the injury management process. With this knowledge, sports medicine professionals at every stage of the injury management process can accomplish two essential goals. First, they can fully understand all of the issues that will impact their patients’ recovery experiences. Second, they can ensure that all of these concerns will contribute to, rather than impede, the injury management process. Three influential areas will be addressed in terms of their effect on day-to-day and long-term injury management. First, physical issues that the patient will encounter including injury-specific information such as the nature of the damage, pain, and rehabilitation in addition to more general physical concerns such as rest and effects on overall health. Second, psychological issues that the patient will face including anger over the injury, post-operative depression or anxiety, confidence in the rehabilitation program, motivation to maintain rehabilitation, and loss of identity. Finally, logistical issues related to how the injury will affect the patient’s daily life, such as how it will impact their ability to work, mobility around the house, and satisfaction of basic needs such as bathing, transportation, and shopping. There are three primary goals of this book. First, to identify important physical, psychological, and logistical issues that would benefit patients. Second, to provide practical information, guidelines, approaches, and strategies to ensure that these issues facilitate rather than interfere with the injury management process. Third, to offer sports medicine professionals a structured framework with which to provide patients with this essential information. These concerns will be addressed within a chronological framework of a four-stage process of injury management: examination of injury, surgery (when necessary), rehabilitation, and return to activity. Within each stage, issues that most impact the quality of the patient’s experience will be introduced and described. In addition, practical ways of dealing with each issue will be considered with special emphasis on providing clear information, and simple and practical approaches and techniques to manage them most efficaciously.

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Your Children Are Under Attack

Your children are under attack. This assault is not coming from terrorists within or outside our borders. It is not coming from disturbed people in our communities. This onslaught is coming from our own American popular culture. This assault is ever-present, intense, and unrelenting. This siege is also in disguise; most parents cannot sense the harm popular culture is inflicting on their children any more than a fish can sense that their ocean is becoming ever more polluted. Many of us seem to have been fooled into believing that popular culture cares about our children. It doesn’t! Popular culture cares about only one…

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I Couldn’t Disagree More

My career as a professor, researcher, consultant, writer, and speaker has been driven by the simple, yet powerful, desire to create and share ideas. I Couldn’t Disagree More: Insight, Inspiration, and Irreverence from an Idea Guy, a compilation of my blog posts from PsychologyToday.com and HuffingtonPost.com from 2009-2011, is an expression of that desire. My blogging began as a venue for contributing to the intellectual marketplace and to question the status quo, challenge the convention wisdom, and offer new perspectives on the complex world in which we live. The Internet has given me a soapbox from which to advocate for reason, fairness, compassion, and civility, and to call out those who use power, misinformation, sophistry, and fear to distort the truth and manipulate ideas for their own selfish interests. As you will see in this book, my ideas reflect my broad interests including politics, popular culture, technology, business, education, sports, and the human condition. I hope you find my blog posts enlightening, entertaining, and even, on occasion, infuriating. I expect you will agree with some of my ideas and disagree with others. More than anything, though, I hope my ideas provoke ideas of your own and perhaps even inspire you to share them as I have.

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