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Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious

Barnes & Noble Digital Library

by Sigmund Freud Author · A. A. Brill Translator


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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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Sigmund Freud (Author)

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. One of the most influential figures of twentieth century thought, Freud won followers and made enemies with his bold theories of the unconscious and the importan...

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