Synopses & Reviews
Dr. Jim Mastrich's years of experience as a licensed psychologist who consults athletes and counsels troubled adolescents and their families is the foundation of Really Winning
--a comprehensive guide that provides mentors with the tools to foster integrity and character in boys. A must for any parent, this practical guide encourages parents and coaches to help athletes develop compassion and empathy instead of becoming arrogant and self-centered.
Many of the modern day heroes for boys are sports figures. But it seems today, for every Tiger Woods whose talent is matched by good character, there's a Mike Tyson whose exploits and abuses give sports a bad name. Really Winning goes beyond many "boy" books published in recent years. By focusing specifically on the positive aspects of athletics and incorporating the psychological background of our boys Dr. Mastrich helps parents, coaches, and administrators create the ideal conditions for boys to become young men with sound character. Using many vignettes from his own practice, Dr. Mastrich has shaped Really Winning into a readable, practical, anecdotal guidebook that no parent should be without.
"Really Winning is a real winner...a very useful guide...a tool to use with boys of all ages." (Fred Engh, Founder and President of the National Alliance For Youth Sports and author of Why Johnny Hates Sports)
"Really Winning is an intelligent and accessible book that parents and coaches will want to refer to again and again." (Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and A Fine Young Man)
"It makes a convincing case that organized sports is a forum to develop character and integrity in boys..." (Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley and author of Values of the Game)
About the Author
Dr. Jim Mastrich
is a highly regarded psychologist in the field of personality development and performance psychology. His books, The ACOA's Guide to Raising Healthy Children
(Macmillan 1988), Strong Enough for Two
(Macmillan 1990) and Images of America: Lambertville and New Hope
(Arcadia 1999), all received considerable recognition upon publication. Dr. Mastrich is in private practice in Kingston, New Jersey where he specializes in optimal performance psychology for athletes and non-athetes. He has taught psychopathology and group dynamics for doctoral students as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University for over ten years. Dr. Mastrich is also a board member of several educational and sportsmanship foundations and is a coach with several youth sports programs. He lives with his wife and two young boys in Lambertville, New Jersey.