The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious

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Why do we laugh? The answer, argued Freud in this study of humour, is that jokes, like dreams, satisfy our unconscious desires. This text explains how jokes provide immense pleasure by releasing us from our inhibitions and allowing us to express sexual, aggressive, playful or cynical instincts.

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Building on the crucial insight that jokes use many of the same mechanisms he had already discovered in dreams, Freud developed one of the richest and most comprehensive theories of humour that has ever been produced.

Jokes, he argues, provide immense pleasure by allowing us to express many of our deepest sexual, aggressive and cynical thoughts and feelings which would otherwise remain repressed. In elaborating this central thesis, he brings together a dazzling set of puns, anecdotes, snappyone-liners, spoonerisms and beloved stories of Jewish beggars and marriage-brokers. Many remain highly amusing, while others throw a vivid light on the lost world of early twentieth-century Vienna.

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Weight 0.213 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.7 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

231

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

154 (edition:21)

Readership

College – higher education / Code: F