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Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewußten (original 1940; edition 1963)
by Sigmund Freud, Wolf D. Zimmermann (Cover designer)
Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious by Sigmund Freud (1940)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393001458, Paperback)
Freud argues that the "joke-work" is intimately related to the "dream-work" which he had analyzed in detail in his Interpretation of Dreams, and that jokes (like all forms of humor) attest to the fundamental orderliness of the human mind.While in this book Freud tells some good stories with his customary verve and economy, its point is wholly serious.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:59 -0400)
One of Freud's most famous works, this 1905 study on the psychology of humor claims that comedy fills a subconscious desire to brush away inhibitions and feel pleasure. Here, Freud considers: the joke (or "wit") as a defense mechanism; dirty jokes; ethnic humor; the joke as a way to express suppressed thoughts and feelings; and the interplay between the id, ego, and superego in generating humor.
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An edition of this book was published by W.W. Norton.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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