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Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness
Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness

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4 Exploring what person-centred means

In this section and the next you will unpick what is meant by person-centred and apply it to contemporary sport and fitness.

Look at Figure 3 and explore your understanding of what is meant by congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathy by clicking on each heading . You will see there is an additional explanatory video under the empathy heading. Take time to carefully read through these descriptions and watch the video: these points are the central part of this session.

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Figure 3 The three aspects of a person-centred approach.
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A transcript for the video in the ‘Empathy’ tab is available: Transcript for empathy video [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

These three aspects are useful to look out for the next time you are observing communication exchanges. In particular the way in which your authentic self might be revealed by showing some of your genuine feelings where you believe it might benefit communication and/or learning (e.g. living emotions such as enthusiasm, anger or sympathy). There is an outline of an example of responding to a sport and fitness scenario in a person-centred way in the next section.