Humour on the Couch: Exploring Humour in Psychotherapy and in Everyday Life / Edition 1

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Overview

Humour on the Couch traces the philosophical, social and psychological perspectives of humour. Humour is presented as a form of playing which originates in the earliest exchanges between mother and baby, conferring significant advantages on our adaptation. The relationship between physical and mental health and humour is examined in the light of the research literature of both psychology and medicine. This is followed by a review and discussion of psychoanalytic views of humour in psychotherapy. Alessandra Lemma concludes the book with a look at evolutionary perspectives of humour.

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Humour On The Couch surveys and examines the philosophical, social, and psychological perspectives of humor from the earliest exchanges between mother and infant, to the use of humor in psychotherapy. Psychologist and educator Alessandra Lemma examines the relationship between humor and physical/mental health. Highly instructive and recommended reading for students of psychology and human behavior, Humour On The Couch then concludes with a look at the evolutionary perspectives of humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861561459
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction: A funny thing happened to me on the way to therapy ... 1
Ch. 1 On humour's tightrope 9
Ch. 2 The first clown 44
Ch. 3 The playroom of the mind 62
Ch. 4 Humour and health 90
Ch. 5 The analytic double-act 121
Ch. 6 Why humour? 166
Conclusion: Humour, truth and freedom 172
References 176
Index 195
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