A large number of psychologists state that the psychology of a fan is entrenched in the ancient times when people lived in small tribes and warriors fought for their tribes representing “our people”. And, today social athletes somewhat play a similar character for schools, clubs, and international sports.
Thus, being a sports fan connects you with deep emotional investment to something that actually has no real-world consequence. Sports do not guarantee happy endings and as a fan, you will ultimately enjoy or be sad as per the event. Well, deeply it matters and yet it doesn’t at all!
When sports fan genuinely say “we won”, then by “WE”, they don’t just represent themselves… but the team. The closer you know the team, the more you’ll bask in the reflected brilliance. However, after a loss, some and tend to take it personally and thus show the characteristics of bad sports fans.
Obviously, the only objective for a team is to win or stand in the competition at least. But, in reality, only one team will win. In the sports sector, losses and wins are inevitable. This is reason why sports leagues keep on updating match results rather than just putting a winning/losing context as it satisfies the fans. However, hardcore fans will still hold the passion of victory and loss, no matter what.
The passionate sports fans ignore their daily schedule and express freely by cheering for their favorite team and lashing out at the rivals. The rigorous feeling of winning and losing gives rise to bad sports fans.
The casual behavioral constraints like self-monitoring, awareness help the fans to control their emotions and prevent their behavior. Even the people who are introvert can explode when they’re in the fan mode. While some fans get excited after a drink, some feel devastated after a loss, others are just insane by nature and cannot control their anger. This gives rise to bad sports fans.