About the Book | Dr Mark S Elliott


About the Book

Facing Frankenstein

Defeat Your True Opponent in Sport

Featuring The Six Pathways to Mental Toughness Programme

Foreword by Ulster and Ireland star Rory Best

What’s mentally demanding about your sport?

Is it – waiting for kick-off?  Making mistakes? Taking a penalty kick in a big match? Receiving a poor decision from the referee? Being close to victory/defeat?  Performing in front of the national coach?

For years, athletes have been told that these types of external events and scenarios are why playing sport competitively is mentally challenging. They have been brought up to believe that the sources of their anxieties, distractions and frustrations lie within their sport. However, according to leading sport psychologist, Dr Mark Elliott, this is deceptive and wrong.

In Facing Frankenstein you’ll realise why it’s wrong. You’ll discover the TRUTH about why you need to be mentally tough and be shocked to learn that it’s got nothing to do with sport itself. Instead, you’ll find out that you’ve created a mental monster that is more cunning, clever and capable than any of your physical opponents. It is your true opponent in sport and you must defeat it! Crucially, the book provides you with the means to do so through its groundbreaking mental training system, The Six Pathways to Mental ToughnessÓprogramme.

Specifically designed to overcome your mental monster, and packed with over 80 exercises and techniques, the programme will enable you to:

  • Become self-driven to attain massive progress in your sport.
  • Develop unflinching belief in yourself and your ability to master situations.
  • Develop the ability to create your own reality.
  • Learn how to attain a quiet but focused mind during competition.
  • Discover how to prepare for competition in the most powerful way possible.
  • Perform with poise, having the ability to control your emotions, before, during and after performance.

Facing Frankenstein is written for athletes across all sports and at all levels of ability who want to be the best they can be.  The book will challenge the mental game sceptic as much as it refreshes and nourishes the enthusiast. The book should also be read by coaches and parents, as well as by the curious and intrigued.

Be assured, the days of being stalked by your mental monster are almost over!

Facing Frankenstein

Facing Frankenstein is a terrific book that goes right to the heart of the mental game by making you accountable for your own emotional state and readiness to perform.


Ulster and Ireland

Facing Frankenstein woke me up to the fact that sport psychology has got nothing to do with the psychology of sport, but everything to do with the psychology of being human.


World Number 1, Handball