Recommended Reading on Psychology

Three Books on Psychology

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is about recommend reading …


Recommended Reading on Psychology

If you’re interested in understanding psychology better here are three recommendations

As I’ve said many times, I get asked about the best books I’ve read quite often. Again, in Europe I was asked, and the topic was psychology this time.

I always tell coaches, especially young coaches, to start with Brett Bartholomew’s book ‘Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In’as it gives a great insight into the application of psychology to coaching in the practical setting.

It’s probably one of the few that is both practical and by a practitioner.

The second book I really enjoy is by Dr. Steve Peters, ‘The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happiness’. Steve has worked with Bradley Wiggins, Winner of Tour de France 2012, Chris Hoy, six-time Olympic champion and many, many more.

Tame your Chimp!

Finally, I love this one – “The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion”by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson. Simon Marshall is a sport psychologist who trains professional athletes and Lesley Paterson is a three-time world champion triathlete and coach and – as you can guess from the title – they deliver psychology in a very, lets say, ‘common sense’ manner for you to digest.

You’ll find this will speak to you!



Learning from a different domain has the effect of avoiding any preconceived bias you might have


Send me an email to info@fergusconnolly.comwith your top three.

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