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Claire Higgins, MSc, BA (Hons)

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As a qualitative researcher, I am interested in motivation and the relationship between movement, character, cognition, emotion, and spirit.


My current research is exploring the motivation to practice and how this changes over time. It suggests that love of movement is an intrinsic strength that links to a positive self-concept and self-regard, self-actualisation, and self-transcendence.

My research interest areas link to Positive Psychology and Exercise & Sport Psychology. I'm particularly interested in how both of these areas of psychology have emerged and intersect. Past research has explored the motivation to teach martial arts and/or self-defence. Other research is exploring the impact of fear on motor skills development, and how movement (kinaesthetic) "intelligence" or codes are formed.


I also coach, train, and facilitate people and organisations on Positive Psychology. I am a professional member of the Positive Psychology Guild, where I lead operations, research, and education initiatives. Prior to this, I ran an executive coaching practice and worked with international organisations such as the United Nations, Doctors Without Borders, and International Red Cross & Red Crescent for 16 years.

The Inner Athletics website was constructed in the Middle East in 2017. It was later established as a company in the UK in 2018 and functioned in this capacity until June 2023, when it became an ongoing research project on movement.

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