Training in taekwondo increases one's self-concept (the beliefs that you have about yourself, as opposed to understanding who you are via other people's opinions of you). For instance, it has been found that women training in taekwondo have a greater physical, personal, social, identity, and satisfaction self-concept. Students who are more self-confident and compete in taekwondo tournaments are more likely to win their bouts.
The moral benefits of taekwondo include development of good character, self-control, and a non-violent attitude. Taekwondo stresses showing respect for oneself, fellow students, instructors, parents, elders, and members of the public. Achieving proficiency in taekwondo techniques demands patience, perseverance, and a desire for perfection.
Humility is a quality of all serious taekwondo students. Although practicing taekwondo boosts self-confidence, this does not convey a false sense of superiority. On the contrary, a good student should be humble and considerate. Taekwondo practitioners have the highest regard for the morality and ethics of taekwondo.
Psychologically, taekwondo reduces tension and anxiety by teaching students to control aggression and by giving them a healthy way to vent hostility and frustration. Taekwondo is a psychological leveler. Students with quick, hot tempers learn to control their emotions. Students who are meek and mild learn to be more assertive when needed. The following are possible ways taekwondo may affect the psychologies of students:
Personality factors may cause people to select and participate in a particular sport. People tend to choose sports that most suit their personality. Beginner and advanced taekwondo students will exhibit similar personalities.
There may be no similarities of personality for choosing a particular sport, but either personality changes or loss of non-desirable personality traits means that only those with suitable psychologies remain and are successful. In this respect, choosing taekwondo as a sport may be random, but either taekwondo changes your personality or only students with suitable personalities will keep training. This means beginners may not show similar personality traits, but advanced students tend to have similar traits.