“Neurotic perfectionism is the need to succeed taken to the extreme,” says Maryland-based Silby, who has worked with dancers at The Kirov Academy in Washington, DC, and American Ballet Theatre.
Dance Spirit Magazine
The clock strikes midnight, you shout “Happy New Year” and promise yourself this is the year you get fit. By spring, you’ve already started skipping aerobics. “Unfortunately, it is much easier for people to sign up for exercise instruction than to stick with it,” explains Caroline Silby, a sports psychologist who specializes in motivation.
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“We do know that athletes who train in environments that reward effort, value all players on the team — not just the most talented — accept mistakes as part of the learning process and encourage collaborative learning show greater enjoyment, less stress, higher levels of self-esteem and more positive body images,” Silby said.
June 14, 2008
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“Holton and Headmaster Jim Lewis were extremely supportive of my skating pursuits,” Silby recalls. “While [they] understood that skating was my passion, they also encouraged me to pursue excellence academically, socially and as a member of my community. This balance and recognition of the various dimensions of my personality provided me later in life with the confi – dence to create a career that is both rewarding and satisfying.”
Spring ‘ 08
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Article by by Caroline Silby
Published in the January/February ’08 edition of PS Magazine
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Dr. Caroline Silby’s recent interview by Rochelle Melander.
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September 6, 2007
August 29, 2007
By Christine Yackel
Syracuse University Magazine
Summer 2001 Volume 18, Number 2
Caroline Silby knows what it takes to be a world-class athlete. As a youngster, she earned spots on the U.S. national and international figure skating teams and participated in the 1984 Olympic trials. Now a sports psychologist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Silby specializes in the unique problems of adolescent girls. “Competitive figure skating taught me how to win gracefully and recover from defeat,” Silby says. “Now I help female athletes learn the mental skills they’ll need to succeed.”
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How to Encourage Without Being Pushy
By Dr. Caroline Silby and assisted by Nancy Marshall, USA Gymnastics Athlete Wellness Program Manager
The Official Parents Newsletter of USA Gymnastics
Volume 4, #2, 1999
Raising children in competitive sports can challenge even the most well-prepared parents. At every turn, families are faced with critical decisions and unique circumstances regarding athletic participation. Healthy parental involvement is an illusive standard that is not easily mastered. We’ve all heard horror stories of sports parents, who place so much importance on their child’s athletic performance that it becomes life altering for the youngster. I’ve been to competitions where parents scream and their daughters cry. I’ve seen parents cry and daughters scream. I’ve talked to athletes who want to quit because parental pressure is too great. I’ve counseled other athletes who want to quit because they think their parents don’t care enough.
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Sports psychologist Caroline Silby helps youngsters calm jittery nerves By CAROLYN THORNTON
Journal-Bulletin Sports Writer
The Providence Journal-Bulletin
The competitors rush to the bulletin board where the final standings will soon be posted. The tension is high us they wait to learn if their hours and hours of practice have paid off. Minutes later, an official tacks a paper to the wall. Cries of joy and sorrow rise from the huddle. Those four who finish at the top hug each other, elated over their success.
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Self-doubt hinders success, sports psychologist says
By Kevin O’brien
Tuesday, November 28, 2000 Section E
Coaches and parents, beware: You can dress a girl up in a uniform, tell her the rules and send her out for anything from a T-ball game to a triathlon. But how she’ll play – and why – will have at least as much to do with her mental state as her physical ability.
And in many cases, the toughest opponent she’ll face is herself.
Sports psychologist Caroline Silby, a Shaker Heights native who once daydreamed of herself atop the Olympic medal stand as a figure skater, has a pretty good idea what makes the female athlete tick – and what can maker her topple.
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