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

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Overview

The aim of this book is primarily to highlight humour's communicative, relational and innovative value in everyday life and in the privileged space, carved out of everyday life, that is psychotherapy. Chapter one describes philosophical, social and psychological perspectives on humour. In Chapters two and three humour is presented as a form of playing which originates in the earliest exchanges between mother and baby and which confers significant advantages on our adaption. In Chapter four the relationship between physical and mental health and humour is examined in the light of the research literature from psychology and medicine. Chapter five restricts itself to a discussion of psychoanalytic views on humour in psychotherapy. Finally, chapter six reviews evolutionary perspectives of humour.

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"There’s evidence to suggest that laughter has beneficial effects...we need more studies to better understand the relationship." (Reader's Digest, August 2006)
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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: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - a Funny Thing Happened to me on The way to Therapy. . . .

On Humour's Tightrope.

The First Clown.

The Playroom of The Mind.

Humour and health.

The Analytic Double-act.

Why Humour?.

Conclusion.

Humour.

Truth and freedom.

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