Politician Brain Developing Trends, using Psychology to succeed

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Almost all you need to know about how to think positively to manage your way out of political failure…

Dear Politician and anyone who is concerned with political analysis, how important is psychological training to your performance? If you have any doubts at all, please read on (with, I hope, an open mind). I am about to demonstrate why psychological preparation is as crucial to success as training, recovery seeking overall peace of political life wherever you live in particular developing countries

No longer is Political psychology regarded by experts and Politicians as a subject that needs an excuse for poor performance. For the last ten or fifteen years, that might have still been the case, but the adoption of ‘mind experts’ cognitive psychologists or (otherwise known as ‘mental practice experts) by top Politicians like pioneer politicians around the world.

Today Political Psychology is recognized as an essential component of remarkable success. That’s because, the more accomplished the politician, and the bigger the role the mind plays in his performance. After all, if you’re a beginner in a politics, you’re probably still working on mastering a basic competence in political mental skills and not worrying about your other mind practice in sorting out problems

Moreover, we now know that it’s not simply a question of harnessing the power of the mind to achieve peak performance on the day of a big event (public meeting, vital election). The correct mind-set must underpin politician's efforts all year round. The best-designed training regime won’t help if you’re not sufficiently focused and motivated to follow it, week in and week out – or if you’re liable to the critical point in major internal competitions because you haven’t done the proper mental preparation for the event.

That’s why research into Political Psychology has accelerated considerably in recent years, mirroring its more general acceptance amongst the politics community. Today, Politics scientists are scaling new heights in their understanding of the mental factors that underpin peak performance – and, equally, those factors that can undermine it.            I strongly feel this is an area Politicians must pay considerable attention to if they want to achieve real success and the fact I have commissioned two separate reports on the subject of Political Psychology really highlights that belief

1stDo you put up psychological barriers to success?

Whether you like the idea or not, most of us put up psychological barriers that interfere with our performance and enjoyment of our politics or common event. If you really want to avoid such a myth; stick to work politics for the sake of validating principles and not scoring fatal blow to your counterparts that serves common interest and push you to seek nothing for yourself. If you couldn’t go down this road to figure out your distinguished way among politicians, you will loose the common support you target based on the strong will you might need to pretend in case you haven’t mastered yet how to overstep the psychological barrier and demonstrated what was possible. Politicians are no longer limited by their beliefs.

2ndWhat has science to say?

Political Psychology – the Will to Win explains why top Politicians and experts believe there is more to peak performance than a well-organized party member


As soon as you start using the intensive mental-exercises contained within the overall political system you are assigned to, you’ll experience such benefits that you won’t look back to any unattended challenge. The prospected issues include:

1.       Imagery:(personal & party image(

Mental exercises for political mental map: how recreating all-sensory experience can strongly affect your performance whether individually or team-work spirit.

2.       Goal setting:(common goals vs. personal ones(

One step at a time – how to raise your practice by setting smarter goals to be known for, and not to change your mind till you score them.

3.       Building Confidence:

)leaders & followers) the majestic self-belief as a leader that how expectations can make or break your performance

4.       Performance profiling:

A political tool for pinpointing strengths and weaknesses, designing seen and unseen training strategies and building better communication with Politicians to better the local environment to be outstanding healthy political area.

5        - Flow: for peak experiences in politics, you need to go with the flow to some extent and not to pin down your will to reform practicing a gesture of good will

6        -Emotional control:

Is vital for better outcome as these pre-performance strategies will get a grip on your emotions before they get a grip on you, as it is considered as the gateway to the right assessment

7 - Team-spirit Politics:

Teamwork spirit and team cohesion and success: is there really a link?  Yes, when teamwork-spirit is created spontaneously within the groups, it is this which develops cohesion.

       8 -Thought control:

Though is the only measurement to be used to state whether you are genuine or not; when it comes to doing your best, it’s the thoughts that count.

9 -      Political handicap:

How much do psychological factors contribute to the risk of public anarchy in politics? To answer the question one needs to understand the factors that matter in public layout of politics.

10    - What the scientists say:

How encouragement boosts performance along with inclination?

Whatever your politics, you need to discover why top Politicians and experts consider psychological training so important. This is your chance to try out the mental training techniques that lift performances to outstanding levels. But that's not all!

To complement this invaluable psychological resource we have invested in a sequential Psychological report.

Political Psychology II:

Creative Thinking is needed to setup your way to success. it is this which draws on the latest evidence-based thinking in Political Science research – new findings that probably won’t infect the general politicising issues for a limited number of years.

It is what politician can expect to learn:

1.       What are the three attitudinal differences that separate elite Politicians from the merely good?

2.       Why do some approaches to goal-setting fail… and others succeed?

3.       What’s the right (and the wrong) way to schedule positive reinforcement?

4.       Why can too much praise sometimes undermine Politician's performance?

All in all, over 200 pages of cutting-edge information every serious Politician and politician needs to know – and integrate into their training and conditioning programs

Below are summarized situations that politician could put in far superior performances with just a little mental adjustment?

1.       Coalition.

2.       Negotiating political issue 

Peak Performance

How goal-setting enhances performance

You may not have used goal setting before. Or if you have tried and discarded it, there’s a good chance you misunderstood how it works.

One of the main problems is that not all experts or Politicians are aware of the principles of goal setting and how to apply them effectively. So a key purpose of this section of Political Psychology – the Will to Win is to give a better understanding of how to use goal-setting to enhance performance and avoid disappointments.

Many people associate goal setting with New Year resolutions, and are quick to dismiss the process as ineffective, since most well intentioned, if vague, resolutions have failed before the end of any political major activity. Let’s get one thing clear straight away:

Most such resolutions are perfect examples of how not to set goals!

Research on goal setting in the world of business as well as politics and Mental Power has consistently shown that it can lead to enhanced performance


In fact, a recent meta-analysis (evaluation of pooled data from a whole series of studies) showed that goal setting led to performance enhancement in 78% of politics and Mental Power research studies, with moderate-to strong effects. So how is it done?

The Psychology of the Will to Win classifies goals into three types:

1.       Dream goals are the ones that seem a long way off and difficult to achieve. In time terms, they may be anything from six months to several years away

2.       Intermediate goals are markers of where you want to be at a specific time. For example, if your dream goal is to reduce your 400m PB by one second over 10 months, an intermediate goal could be a half second improvement after five months

3.       Short-term or daily goals are the most important because they provide a focus for our training in each and every session. Past research on Olympic Politicians found that setting daily training goals was one factor that distinguished successful performers from their less successful counterparts


We explain what you need to do in order to take the necessary steps towards your ultimate dream goal and why you need to set goals not just for competition, but for practice and training periods too.

Using performance profiling

Performance profiling has many benefits and is useful for assessing political mental and technical prowess as well as psychological factors.

But as with all these techniques, there is a right and wrong way to go about it.

For many years the typical psychological evaluation resembled a medical consultation, with the psychologist making his or her assessment and deciding on techniques for a change and the Politician playing a relatively passive role.

However, science research has identified an inherent weakness in this process since studies had shown that people’s intrinsic motivation could be weakened by the application of external controls. To put it simply, for Politicians to remain motivated to adhere to psychological skills training Programs, they need to be more involved in the decision-making processes.

With performance profiling the Politician is self-determining and his or her perspective becomes a central rather than peripheral focus. In devising this technique, researchers also provided a mechanism by which Politicians could explore aspects of their performance that they may have taken for granted, and experts and psychologists could gain further insight into their Politicians’ cognitive processes.

The point about involving both parties in the profiling process is that such differences are highlighted and can then be dealt with effectively through dialogue. Performance profiling can help experts and psychologists develop a better understanding of their Politicians by:

1.       Highlighting perceived strengths and weaknesses

2.       Clarifying the Politician’s and politician’s vision of the key determinants of elite performance, and highlighting any differences

3.       Establishing areas where the Politician might resist change (as demonstrated by the perceived low importance of one or more constructs(

4.       Providing a means of monitoring progress

5.       Highlighting discrepancies between the Politician’s and politician’s assessment of performance


In summary, then, the performance profile is a tool that is particularly useful for aiding the design of specific mental, political mental and technical training programs. The central involvement of the Politician in the process is a key strength that can boost motivation and promote adherence to any intervention strategies devised.

It may also facilitate the politician / Politician relationship by promoting dialogue and addressing any perceived discrepancies. Additionally, the profile can be used as a monitoring device to assess the effectiveness of any interventions and highlight areas of good and poor progress.

Pre-performance strategies:

Competition can bring out the best or the worst in Politics, and the psychological demands are especially high when individuals or teams are striving to achieve the same goals. When political mental skills are evenly matched, it is often the competitor with the stronger mental approach, who can control his or her mind before and during events, who wins. However, many Politicians wrongly assume that mental aspects of performance are innate and unchangeable when, in reality, systematic mental training can have a similar impact on performance as political mental workouts.

Getting into the correct mind-set prior to competition is one of the most crucial aspects of top performance. In fact, a study of Politicians showed that the combination of mental power and political mental readiness was a key factor that distinguished more successful Politicians from their less successful counterparts in the common sense practices. Perhaps even more impressive is the finding that, of the three states of readiness assessed (mental, political and technical), only mental factors were statistically linked with final genuine rankings.

Emotional reactions to stressful situations can drain Politician's resources and impact negatively on performance if poorly managed. That is why it is important to have in place a strategy to deal with pre-performance stress. It is important to challenge the belief of some Politicians that emotions and mood states are simply reactions to external events; in fact, the Politician has considerable capacity for control in this area.

By developing consistent routines and ways of coping with distractions, uncertainty can be reduced and you are less likely to be negatively affected by external factors. Political Psychology – the Will to Win identifies a number of strategies that can be employed by Politicians to regulate their moods. These ideas are all designed to be put into practice before any situation of political competition.

The Psychology of Motivation: how do you lift your political potential?

What is it that makes a politician master outstanding performance?

There are numerous approaches to the study of motivation. Some are based on schedules of positive and negative reinforcement (e.g. BF Skinner’s and Ivan Pavlov’s behaviourism) while others focus on an individual’s sense of mastery over a set of circumstances (e.g. Albert Bandura’s self-efficacy theory(

Political Psychology II: think your way to success explains the very latest thinking, explores the constituents of motivation using a contemporary approach, popularised by Americans Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, known as self-determination theory, which emphasises the role of individual choice.

We examine some of the key findings from recent literature and set out four evidence-based techniques you can use to enhance motivation. You will be able to tailor the motivational techniques to enhance your participation in politics or the performance of others, in the pursuit of superior political performance.

The discussion includes an explanation of the differences between high achievers and also-rans in the world of politics. We provide the results of a recent study, based on an interview that reveals the three central attitudinal differences between merely average and elite Politicians. Experts will find this section particularly interesting as we also identify the best way to set and pursue political goals, the correct approach to praising and rewarding Politicians, the value of using motivational music and the key role of self-talk in enhancing motivation amongst Politicians.

You get all the information you need to understand how motivation works – and how you can put it to work for yourself, or your party.

Emotional Intelligence: why your head should rule your heart

In recent years, Political Psychology research has seen the rise of a concept named emotional intelligence. But what is it, how can it help political performance and how can we enhance our own emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence can be briefly summarized thus:

1.       The ability to recognize different emotional states

2.       Assessing the effects of emotions on subsequent behavior

3.       The ability to switch into the best emotional state to manage a particular situation in political.

Not surprisingly many businesses have used emotional intelligence ratings as part of their selection processes, but the ability to recognize the emotional states in others in the political context is clearly desirable, and the skill of raising the emotions of the political team work is a potentially priceless asset.

You’ll learn how to develop emotional self-awareness, then how to master this ability during daily training and political competition. So many politicians fail to explicitly recognize the personal emotional profile that they associate with success – and are therefore unable to harness it correctly.

You’ll also be given strategies for regulating emotion, and visualizing success, before finding out how to set emotionally-focused goals. Finally we discuss the value of positive self-talk and of role-play in developing an individual politician’s emotional control competencies


The result? A new understanding of both the role of emotion in influencing political performance, and the power of harnessing it correctly.

The Assessment of Performance: how to learn from political success and failure alike

In order to learn from mistakes and failures, it is important to be able to assess what has happened objectively. But this is less easy than it sounds since the emotions connected with both success and disappointments can cloud our judgment and compromise our objectivity.

When we compete against others, or against our own standards, the consequences of what politics psychologists call ‘achievement strivings’ are quite naturally going to provoke evaluation when the outcomes are very important to the individual. In such situations, people naturally strive to make sense of what has happened to them. The problem is not about persuading experts and politicians to reflect on and evaluate their successes and failures but ensuring this is done in an objective manner.

One thing that is clear from examining the research literature is that in situations with definite outcomes (i.e. win/lose), our perceptions of why we either won or lost have important consequences for our affective states (e.g. feelings of pride, anger or shame), self-esteem, future motivations and behaviors (e.g. persistence(

So in Political Psychology: think your way to success we discuss several theoretical frameworks designed to enable Politics psychologists to study how attributions influence individual, and suggest how best a politician can remain objective when faced with such situations. This is to trigger politicians review their own methodology along with their streamline of thinking to better political performance for the sake of their countries welfare



Professor Malik, PhD

Professor of Cognitive Learnability

(Psychology of Language), UK

Sudanese  Scientists Organisation

Director Scientific Affairs & Research

International Cognitive-Edu. Consultant

Email: amalik19@yahoo.com

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