Books By Dr. Jim Taylor

Dr. Taylor is the first author of 14 books on topics as wide ranging as child rearing, the psychology of sport and dance, and sports injury rehabilitation and management. He is also the lead editor of an academic textbook on sport psychology. All of the books share a common theme: helping people to maximize their abilities and achieve their goals. Dr. Taylor’s objective in all of his books is to offer deep insights, useful information, and practical tools that readers can use to better their lives. Dr. Taylor’s books are available through major bookstores, on-line booksellers, and this web site (purchase).


RAISING GENERATION TECH: Prepare Your Children for a Media-fueled World – Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

Today’s children are being raised as ‘digital natives’ in a world dominated by popular culture and technology. TV shows, computers, video games, social networking sites, advertisements, and cell phones too often have an unnecessarily strong—and negative– influence on children.  But pulling the plug just isn’t an option in a world where being connected is essential for success.

In Raising Generation Tech,  noted parenting expert Dr. Jim Taylor explores how popular culture and technology shape children’s lives. The essential message from Raising Generation Tech is that excessive or unguided exposure to popular culture and technology is not good for children. Rather than offering the usual ‘end of days’ scenario, Dr. Taylor offers a balanced perspective that offers parents insights and practical information they need to ensure that popular culture and technology are tools that benefit their children rather than weapons that hurt them. (Learn more)

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YOUR CHILDREN ARE LISTENING: Nine Messages They Need to Hear from You – Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

At the heart of this insightful, resonant, and practical book is the realization that children become the messages they get the most. These messages are imparted not only through parents’ words, emotions, and actions, but also through simply who parents are. Given the inherent power that parents have in shaping their children through their messages, the core question parents should be asking themselves is, “How can I be sure I’m sending the healthiest messages to my children?” Your Children are Listening equips parents to answer this oh-so-important question.

Your Children are Listening is based, in part, on my own professional experience as a so-called parenting expert. But, just as much, it is based on the real-life parenting experiences my wife, Sarah, and I have had in raising our daughters Catie and Gracie. As Catie is now in kindergarten and Gracie is a pre-schooler, our memories are sharp, our concerns are fresh, and our joys continue during this critical period of child development.

Your Children are Listening will show parents the nine essential messages that children need to get to have a life of meaning, connection, happiness, and success: love, competence, security, compassion, gratitude, Earth, respect, responsibility, and emotion. (Learn more)

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POSITIVE PUSHING: How to Raise A Successful and Happy Child – Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

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As a parent, you may feel caught between two conflicting parenting philosophies: pushing your child so he or she can get a good education and achieve success as an adult or sheltering your child from the stresses of the world so he or she can experience a “happy childhood.” If you push too hard, your child may feel ever-increasing resentment toward you and achieve neither success nor happiness. If you don’t push enough, your child may become unmotivated, self-satisfied, and not do anything with his or her life.

In this breakthrough parenting book, Dr. Jim Taylor resolves this “either/or” trap, showing that success and happiness can go hand-in-hand. Dr. Taylor distinguishes between children who simply achieve success from those who are successful achievers—children who attain success and also gain happiness in their achievement efforts.

Dr. Taylor introduces you to the Three Pillars of Successful Achievers: self-esteem, ownership, and emotional mastery. The Three Pillars provide you with the rationale, understanding, and tools to raise your child to be confident, motivated, emotionally mature, and joyful.

Dr. Taylor encourages the use of “positive pushing.” He demonstrates how to push, when to push, and when to back off. Dr. Taylor shows you how to provide your child with a positive, caring, and motivating impetus to seek out success and happiness.

Dr. Taylor alerts you to the “red flags” in your child or in yourself that signal a parenting problem. Don’t be surprised if your reaction to some of these red flags is “That’s me!,” or “That’s my child!” Positive Pushing shows you practical ways to resolve red flags and get your child on the road to successful achieving.

Ultimately, Dr. Taylor gives you permission to (positively) push your child to become a successful achiever and will empower you with useful psychological insights and strategies to guide you in raising your child to be a successful and happy adult. (Learn more)

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YOUR CHILDREN ARE UNDER ATTTACK: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids’ Values, and How You Can Protect Them - Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

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Dr. Jim Taylor’s new book explores the dangers that American popular culture presents to today’s families. He argues that popular culture is teaching your children unhealthy values that will do great harm to them, our families, our communities, and our country as a whole: selfishness, greed, coldness, materialism. Moreover, popular culture can no longer be trusted act in your children’s best interests and communicate healthy, life-affirming values. Dr. Taylor sees six essential values to which popular culture is doing the most damage: respect, responsibility, success, happiness, family, and compassion.

Kids today have 100’s of TV and radio stations that offer entertainment that celebrates avarice, blatant sexuality, and violence, the Internet, DVD’s, video games, cellular phones, saturation advertising, and consumption-driven magazines lining the newsstands. There is nowhere for your children to hide from this mind-boggling assault.

Your Children Are Under Attack is a “call to action” for you to wrest power from American popular culture and regain influence over your children’s lives. Your Children are Under Attack shows parents and educators how to protect children from American popular culture’s destructive values and how to help them develop the six life-affirming values. Only by maintaining your stature in their lives can you forcefully, yet lovingly, guide your children toward a life that is not dominated by valueless dreams of wealth, celebrity, power, and beauty, but rather is grounded in life-affirming values that can contribute to your children’s possibility of leading lives of meaning and fulfillment.

With the information and tools you learn from Your Children Are Under Attack, you will again have the power and the means to protect your children from American popular culture and ensure that your children grow up with the values, attitudes, and skills to become positive, strong, and caring people. (Learn more)

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THE TRIATHLETE’S GUIDE TO MENTAL TRAINING – Jim Taylor, Ph.D. & Terri Schneider

Triathlete's Guide book coverThe Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training introduces readers to the all-important role that the mind plays in triathlon training and competition. This first-of-its-kind book explores the mental areas that either fosters triathlon success or leads to triathlon failure, including motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, emotions, and pain. Readers learn essential mental tools, such as goal setting, mental imagery, and routines. They also learn how to improve the quality of training and how to avoid overtraining, burnout, and injury. The book offers a section addressing special concerns that triathletes will find valuable, including Ironman training and racing, the unhealthy side of triathlon, and a unique chapter offering lessons from the world’s best triathletes. Ultimately, The Triathlete’s Guide offers readers practical information and useful skills to help them overcome the many challenges with which they are confronted in triathlon.

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PRIME SPORT Book Series – Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

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As one of America’s premier sport psychologists, Dr. Jim Taylor knows what it takes to achieve competitive success. The lessons Dr. Taylor has learned from working with some of the world’s best athletes and coaches will change the way you train and compete.

The Prime Sport series goes to a new level in understanding and teaching mental aspects of sport to athletes and coaches. The Prime Sport book series introduces you to the essential mental factors that impact sport performance including motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions.

You will learn simple and practical techniques you can use to maximize the quality of your training, be totally prepared to compete at your highest level, and perform your best when it really counts. You will learn about the secrets that make world-class and professional athletes great and how you can incorporate those secrets into your own sport. The Prime Sport book series will teach you how to take your sport performance to new heights. Ultimately, the Prime Sport book series will show you how to experience the “Triumph of the Mental Game!”

The Prime Sport book series offers sport-specific versions for tennis, golf, alpine ski racing, and a general version that can be used for all sports.

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MENTAL EDGE FOR ALPINE SKI RACING Relaxation and Imagery MP3 download – Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

The first mp3 recording specifically designed to develop the Mental Edge for alpine ski racing. The Mental Edge mp3 combines relaxation training with race-specific mental imagery. This recording guides racers through one- and two-run race scenarios from pre-race preparation to post-race evaluation. The mp3 has been used by Dr. Taylor in his work with the U.S. Ski Team. The Mental Edge recording is used by racers at many of the leading junior race programs in the U.S. The mp3 can be used by racers of all ages and abilities. The recording helps enhance motivation, build confidence, reduce anxiety, improve focus, increase consistency, develop technical skills, and much more.

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APPLYING SPORT PSYCHOLOGY: Four Perspectives – Jim Taylor, Ph.D. & Gregory Wilson, P.E.D. (editors)

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Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives offers professors, students, and professionals in the field, as well as coaches and athletes, a comprehensive survey of major issues in applied sport psychology. What makes this book unique is that it provides information and insights from some of the world’s best minds who generate, disseminate, and use sport psychology information: researchers, consultants, coaches, and athletes. Applying Sport Psychology is organized into four parts: Psychological Factors Athletic Performance (motivation, confidence, intenisty, focus, and emotions), Enhancing Athletic Performance (psychological assessment, goal setting, mental imagery, and routines), Psychology and the Coach (coach-athlete relationship, team dynamics), and Psychological Problems of Athletes (injuries, eating disorders, substance abuse, and career transition). Readers will gain a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the most significant issues in the field of sport psychology.

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PSYCHOLOGY OF DANCE – Jim Taylor, Ph.D. & Ceci Taylor

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Psychology of Dance is the long-awaited guide to helping dancers of all ages and abilities reach their fullest artistic potential. This first-of-its-kind book not only gives you an understanding of the psychological issues that most influence dance performance, but also provides easy-to-use techniques that help meet the psychological needs of dancers. Dancers learn how to design, implement, and maintain a mental training program to enhance their dance training and performances.

The book shows dancers how to: build motivation and develop confidence; maintain optimal performance intensity; improve focus and use dance imagery; overcome slumps and avoid stress and burnout; and get through the physical, psychological, and emotional challenges of injuries.

Psychology of Dance features a special format that follows the progression of a dance performance. Each chapter begins with a quote from a famous dancer that sets the mood. Then “Dress Rehearsal” describes a common scenario and asks how dancers might handle the situation. “Center Stage” highlights and suggests possible applications of the information covered, and “Encore” revisits key points in the chapter. The authors also include inventories that help dancers identify their performance strengths and areas in need of improvement.

Whatever the age and ability level of dancers, Psychology of Dance provides the essential concepts and practical tools for dancers to enrich their artistic and performance development.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO SPORTS INJURY REHABILITATION – Jim Taylor, Ph.D. & Shel Taylor

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With Psychological Approaches to Sports Injury Rehabilitation, sports medicine professionals and injured athletes develop a clear understanding of the psychological and emotional issues that impact athletic injury and rehabilitation. They also learn practical information and skills they can use to enhance the rehabilitation process.

Readers are shown how to incorporate psychological considerations into traditional rehabilitation programs so that psychological and emotional factors facilitate rather than interfere with rehabilitation. Find out how to recognize psychological barriers to effective rehabilitation including poor motivation, low confidence, depression, pain, and fear of reinjury. Learn how to design easy-to-follow psychological rehabilitation programs. Use simple and practical tools such as positive self-talk, focusing, relaxation, and imagery to rehabilitate the psychological “muscles.”

Psychological Approaches to Sports Injury Rehabilitation is the first resource to help injured athletes overcome the psychological obstacles to a complete recovery and return-to-sport. The goal of this book is to assist injured athletes in having a timely and successful recovery and enable them to be physically and psychologically prepared to return to their sport ready to perform again at their highest level.

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COMPREHENSIVE SPORTS INJURY MANAGEMENT – Jim Taylor, Ph.D., Kevin R. Stone, M.D., Michael Mullin, Todd Ellenbecker, & Ann Walgenbach

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This book is directed toward and will benefit all sports medicine professionals who work in the injury management process including orthopedists, nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, psychologists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and others. The objective of this book is to create in these professionals an understanding of and the desire and ability to use this comprehensive information and strategies in their day-to-day work in the injury management process. With this knowledge, sports medicine professionals at every stage of the injury management process can accomplish two essential goals. First, they can fully understand all of the issues that will impact their patients’ recovery experiences. Second, they can ensure that all of these concerns will contribute to, rather than impede, the injury management process.

Three influential areas will be addressed in terms of their effect on day-to-day and long-term injury management. First, physical issues that the patient will encounter including injury-specific information such as the nature of the damage, pain, and rehabilitation in addition to more general physical concerns such as rest and effects on overall health. Second, psychological issues that the patient will face including anger over the injury, post-operative depression or anxiety, confidence in the rehabilitation program, motivation to maintain rehabilitation, and loss of identity. Finally, logistical issues related to how the injury will affect the patient’s daily life, such as how it will impact their ability to work, mobility around the house, and satisfaction of basic needs such as bathing, transportation, and shopping.

There are three primary goals of this book. First, to identify important physical, psychological, and logistical issues that would benefit patients. Second, to provide practical information, guidelines, approaches, and strategies to ensure that these issues facilitate rather than interfere with the injury management process. Third, to offer sports medicine professionals a structured framework with which to provide patients with this essential information.

These concerns will be addressed within a chronological framework of a four-stage process of injury management: examination of injury, surgery (when necessary), rehabilitation, and return to activity. Within each stage, issues that most impact the quality of the patient’s experience will be introduced and described. In addition, practical ways of dealing with each issue will be considered with special emphasis on providing clear information, and simple and practical approaches and techniques to manage them most efficaciously.

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