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Brian Tuck

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2009
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Putting 'Humpty' together again: A testifying of the embodied nature of human experiencing

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Mr Tuck’s research is autobiographical and describes his 1960’s, semi-rural, Catholic, working class upbringing. Religion, beer and rugby dominated his life and produced ideas and beliefs that conflicted with his feelings. Experiencing mysterious bouts of fear he used his game-playing skills as a distraction which led him into discovering the usefulness of his exercising for helping to control this unpredictability. Through adolescence and young adulthood he negotiated these brief but regular, and still unexplained, bursts of adrenalin through a combination of his training and a rationale of silent resistance. Key relationships then emerged through his adulthood and became the catalyst for the discovery of the origins of his distress and a reordering of its meanings. These insights show how knowledge is applied to the body and produces the practices we come to live by.

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