oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Running digest: Potential psychological dangers of jogging. Part 3
|Article Title||Running digest: Potential psychological dangers of jogging. Part 3|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 Metropolitan Sports Science Centre, Department of Physiology, University of Cape Town Medical School|
|Publication Date||Feb 1987|
|Pages||15 - 17|
|Keyword(s)||Addictive dependent personality, Biochemical, Chronic injuries, Escape from depression, Neurochemically-based addiction, Psychological system, Self-identity and Withdrawal symptoms|
Cooper concludes that we all share pathological narcissistic and masochistic tendencies but that most find ways to divert these tendencies towards useful activities. The marathon runner is likely to be quite far along the narcissistic-masochistic spectrum and ""almost uniquely, carries on a useless activity which symbolises society's need for a special hero who will enact the infantile triumphs requisite for healthy functioning, and who also enables the audience to share vicariously in some of his or her forbidden pleasures"".
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