Original Research

Psychological experiences in South African society before the 2010 FIFA World Cup from the systems psychodynamic and positive psychology perspectives

Pieter Koortzen, Rudolf M. Oosthuizen
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 38, No 2 | a976 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v38i2.976 | © 2012 Pieter Koortzen, Rudolf M. Oosthuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2011 | Published: 03 May 2012

About the author(s)

Pieter Koortzen, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Rudolf M. Oosthuizen, University of South Africa, South Africa


Orientation: The researchers conducted a literature review to analyse the assumptions of systems psychodynamics, the Tavistock model of group relations, object relations theory and the most relevant constructs in the systems psychodynamic perspective. They then described the assumptions and most relevant constructs in the positive psychology perspective in order to analyse theoretically the psychological effect of large-scale sports events on a community or country. The objective of the empirical study was to investigate some of the unconscious emotions, fears, anxieties and conflicts (dynamics) that prevailed in South Africa before the 2010 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup and some of the positive emotional experiences associated with it.

Research purpose: The objective of this study was to analyse and describe the psychological experiences of South Africans before the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Research design, approach and method: The researchers conducted the study from the systems psychodynamic and positive psychology perspectives. The study comprised a qualitative, explorative and social phenomenological study. The researchers conducted interviews with a wide range of their colleagues and clients.

Main findings: The results seemed to indicate that South Africans had had a number of positive and negative experiences before the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Practical/managerial implications: The researchers presented the findings as a number of systems psychodynamic and positive psychology themes.

Contribution/value-add: This study presents original research that contributes valuable new knowledge to the positive psychology and systems psychodynamic perspectives.


Systems psychodynamics; positive psychology; large-scale sports events; community or country; unconscious emotions; fears; anxieties; conflicts; South Africa; soccer; positive and negative emotional experiences


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