Analysing Athlete Personalities - Dr. Amy Izycky

Published on: 8th September, 2021

Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

Disclaimer - In this podcast we talk about eating disorders and other mental health experiences that may be distressing to people. Please take care.

In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast I speak to clinical psychologist and author of "Skewed To The Right: Sport, Mental Health and Vulnerability", Dr. Amy Izycky.

This conversation spans many different topics, including:

  • Amy's experience with the disordered behaviors that are normalised in certain sports.
  • The presence of lasting generational trauma.
  • The ins and outs of psychoanalysis.
  • When disordered exercise and eating behaviours become a problem.
  • The role of masochism in athlete mental health.
  • Grief in injury and sports retirement, and how this may link to athlete alcoholism and drug use.
  • The importance of creating a "pyramid" rather than a "tower" of who you are.

Todays Devil's Advocate question: Athletes don’t need a psychologist, back in the day they just pulled up their socks up and carried on, what’s the point?

Make sure to check out Amy's book "Skewed To The Right". To find Amy you can follow her on:

Instagram: @amyizycky

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MyoMinds Podcast
Demystifying mental health in the exercising community
The MyoMinds podcast is here to start the discussions around disordered eating, exercise addiction, muscle dysmorphia, and everything in-between within exercisers.

Our guests include professional athletes, Experts, Doctors, coaches, experts by experience, and more.

The podcast is hosted by the CEO of MyoMinds, George Mycock. He has personal experience with eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, depression, and anxiety.

*Disclaimer: The MyoMinds Podcast can not be used as a replacement for medical help. If you are struggling with issues related to the content of this podcast, please speak to a medical professional or one of the many available mental health charities (e.g. The Samaritans helpline: 116 123).*

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George Mycock

I am the CEO of MyoMinds and the host of the MyoMinds Podcast. I'm a fitness enthusiast who has lived experience with eating disorders, compulsive exercise, and body dysmorphia. I want to improve the understanding of mental health within the fitness and sport community.