An analysis of LeBron’s personality traits, schema and self-concept
LeBron is someone who has a very strong concept of himself. He knows exactly who and what he is, and no amount of controversies, insults, or hate could change or affect that. He knows exactly how to block out and ignore all the unconstructive criticisms and respond appropriately when he needs to in order to protect his self-esteem. Skip Bayliss couldn’t affect it by pointing out all the flaws in Lebron’s game, Charles Barkley couldn’t affect it by calling Lebron ‘whiny’, even his own idol Michael Jordan could not affect it when he said he preferred Kobe Bryant over James.
Skip Bayless, arguably the most famous of LeBron critics, has never been able to get under Lebron’s skin despite all the negative things he has said about him over the years (Gaine, 2017). LeBron never bothered to entertain him with a response. But LeBron does not always sit back and ignore his naysayers. He knows how to strike back when he feels the need to do so in order to protect himself from unfair criticisms regardless of who the criticism comes from. This is not a quality many talented NBA stars possess. For example, when Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar questioned Dwight Howard’s basketball IQ, Howard disagreed but appeared quite shaken by Kareen’s comments (Moore, 2013). But the same does not happen with LeBron when he feels he is being treated unfairly. For instance, Charles Barkley made negative remarks about LeBron on numerous occasions which did not sit well with LeBron. LeBron did not sit back. He stood up for himself and reminded Barkley of his own controversial past (McMenamin, 2017).
Adlul Kamal is a professional sport psychology practitioner, researcher, and a writer. He is a lifelong sport enthusiast and physical activity advocate. Feel free to contact Adlul with your questions and comments.
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