The Runner’s High Revisited: A Phenomenological Analysis

The Runner’s High Revisited: A Phenomenological Analysis This article revisits an oft-studied phenomenon from the vantage point of the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty (1945/1962), Keen (1973/1982), and Giorgi (1985). The protocols used have been taken from the first comprehensive academic study conducted on the runner’s high phenomenon (Sachs, 1980). Throughout its experimental study, the runner’s high has remained a poorly understood phenomenon. Possible reasons for this are considered alongside the phenomenological analysis. Considered phenomenologically, the runner’s high is an experience of the absence of the limitations of body, time, and space. It is experienced on the backdrop of a typical run experience which is characterized by familiar pains and labor. However, in the event of the runner’s high the familiar pains and labor do not present, making the runner’s high an experience of absence. Since these limitations play a role of restriction, their absence is pleasurable. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Brill

The Runner’s High Revisited: A Phenomenological Analysis

Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Volume 47 (2): 183 – Oct 17, 2016

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0047-2662
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1569-1624
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10.1163/15691624-12341313
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Abstract

This article revisits an oft-studied phenomenon from the vantage point of the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty (1945/1962), Keen (1973/1982), and Giorgi (1985). The protocols used have been taken from the first comprehensive academic study conducted on the runner’s high phenomenon (Sachs, 1980). Throughout its experimental study, the runner’s high has remained a poorly understood phenomenon. Possible reasons for this are considered alongside the phenomenological analysis. Considered phenomenologically, the runner’s high is an experience of the absence of the limitations of body, time, and space. It is experienced on the backdrop of a typical run experience which is characterized by familiar pains and labor. However, in the event of the runner’s high the familiar pains and labor do not present, making the runner’s high an experience of absence. Since these limitations play a role of restriction, their absence is pleasurable.

Journal

Journal of Phenomenological PsychologyBrill

Published: Oct 17, 2016

Keywords: phenomenology; sport; running; embodiment

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