Abstract: The demand on techniques, approaches and processes that have a positive impact on courage, fear and anxiety is very high in general population. The evidence-based and theoretical literature supporting life coaching as a successful approach building individual courage and helping with fear and anxiety is scarce. This integrative literature review synthesizes data from previous research studies about the impact of life coaching as an intervention to enhance courage and decrease fear and anxiety. Findings obtained in this study suggest that life coaching is a reliable approach that may enhance individual courage and decrease fear and anxiety.
Joanna’s abstract truly does not do justice to the richness in the article. If you want to take yourself on a deep dive, read the article and start exploring some of the theorists and researchers she cites – they are THE classics in the field. She unpacks aspects of coaching and takes you through the literature on courage, fear and anxiety. But then she addresses the big questions most research articles don’t, in her words: "What are the mechanisms of what happens in coaching that explains the potential improvement (or lack thereof)?"
Here is some of the information she covers, in outline form, pulled directly from what she writes in her article. These can help your coaching!
The mechanism explaining the potential improvement (or lack thereof):
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