The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious

The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious Why do we laugh The answer argued Freud in this groundbreaking study of humor is that jokes like dreams satisfy our unconscious desires The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious explains how jo

  • Title: The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious
  • Author: Sigmund Freud Joyce Crick John Carey
  • ISBN: 9780142437445
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why do we laugh The answer, argued Freud in this groundbreaking study of humor, is that jokes, like dreams, satisfy our unconscious desires The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious explains how jokes provide immense pleasure by releasing us from our inhibitions and allowing us to express sexual, aggressive, playful, or cynical instincts that would otherwise remain hiWhy do we laugh The answer, argued Freud in this groundbreaking study of humor, is that jokes, like dreams, satisfy our unconscious desires The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious explains how jokes provide immense pleasure by releasing us from our inhibitions and allowing us to express sexual, aggressive, playful, or cynical instincts that would otherwise remain hidden In elaborating this theory, Freud brings together a rich collection of puns, witticisms, one liners, and anecdotes, which, as Freud shows, are a method of giving ourselves away.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    1. Ένα βιβλίο 334 σελίδων που -παρά τα φαινόμενα- διαβάζεται τρομερά εύκολα. Δεν είχα ξαναδιαβάσει Freud και εξεπλάγην με την απλότητα και τη σαφήνεια της γραφής του. Το βιβλίο χωρίζεται σε τρία μέρη των οποίων η δυσκολία αυξάνει (ελαφρώς) σταδιακά, κάτι που όμως εξισορροπείται από [...]

    2. Brilliantly funny and fantastically refreshing. Few of my favorites jokes from the book: First, a marriage-broker was defending the girl he had proposed against the young man’s protests. "I don’t care for the mother-in-law", said the latter. She’s a disagreeable, stupid person. But after all you’re not marrying the mother-in-law. What you want is her daughter.""Yes, but she’s not young any longer, and she’s not precisely a beauty.""No matter. If she’s neither young nor beautiful sh [...]

    3. 2.5 stars. When the introducer in his introduction writes something like, “Besides, readers of his [Freud’s] Joke book who have been uneasily conscious of the persistent failures of understanding prompted by such mismatches are entitled to know that their stupidity is not to blame (or at any rate is shared by a fellow-reader). In reality, as we have seen, a factor that obstructs any easy understanding of the text is that the terms evolved by Freud in his analysis of dreams cannot have the sa [...]

    4. النكتة وعلاقتها باللاشعور – عنوان مثير ولافت للانتباه! في وقت يثير إستغرابي رجل دائم السخرية ! وامرأة آخرى دائمة البحث والتنقل بين النكت بجميع أنواعها ! وشعب من سماته تداول النكت حتى عبر التقنية! انتهاء بصديقاتي من مصر بارعات في حياكة النكتة وصياغتهادراسة فريدة من نوعها في ه [...]

    5. Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconsciousis a bit of a tough read. If it were more accessible to the average reader, I would have rated it higher. It is definitely an interesting observation of something we often don't take very seriously.

    6. I picked this one up at a used bookstore in Three Oaks during the summer Martin and I were taking care of my little brother, Fin, in Michigan. Up to this point I think I'd only read his Civilization and Its Discontents and his Interpretation of Dreams. Starting with that summer, however, I began to plow my way through all of Freud's works.Brill's translation of Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewußten was occasionally mildly amusing. Freud apparently had a sense of humor, ranging from mild t [...]

    7. With all the respect to Freud and his genuinely authentic and brave pioneering theory on humour/jokes I found this book very tortuous to read. And not only because most of the jokes aren't funny anymore but probably were at the time the book was written, but mostly because of his style of writing that is highly academic and seems like his stream of thoughts, not very well structured.I am actually not surprised that lots of the theoreticians on humour refer to this work only in one or two sentenc [...]

    8. Nothing is worse than having someone explain a joke to you.Now imagine having arcane jokes explained to you by an Austrian Psychoanalyst who grew up in the Victorian era for 300 pages or so.Somehow it burrows its way so far into unbearable tedium, that it digs right through to the other side into being funny. Still, it's a little painful to read sometimes.

    9. Here we have Freud showing off his bag of jokes; the man had an odd taste, even for 1905 (?). He goes about explaining the joke-techniques, motives and… well, the amusing thing is that he dared to explain all this crap to us. Unbelievable, Freud! :-)

    10. This book is about several traditional types of meaning-based jokes. It was Freud's earliest attempt to publish a book on his theory of the unconscious, and one Freudian scholar (Tomas Geyskens) even believes, unrealistically, that this text is the best example of Freud's theory of sublimation in art.Every basic class of jokes is included here, although not properly identified according to their actual type. Freud even includes a sophisticated kind in which ambiguous language is used as a means [...]

    11. This book is about several traditional types of meaning-based jokes. It does not include a more sophisticated kind in which ambiguous language is used as a way of veiling or tactfully mentioning a foible or suffering. That type of humor is known to theorists today as "appropriate incongruity," though such theorists don't understand its meaning or ability to amuse. That is, they don't understand that appropriate incongruity is a kind of indirect attack or sarcasm.There is no great loss in that om [...]

    12. Es la primera vez que leo un libro de Freud, creo que le queda muy bien el apodo de "el padre del psicoanálisis", dado que en todo el libro no deja un momento sin hacer el análisis de los conceptos que trata.Sin ser psicólogo, debo decir que pude aprovechar y comprender bastante dado que si bien usa conceptos propios de la psicología los define o explica.El libro trata sobre las técnicas de los distintos tipos de chistes que alcanza a clasificar el autor, si bien hace referencia a sustituci [...]

    13. some books by freud - such as studies in hysteria, the interpretation of dreams, the psychopathology of everyday life - have an elegance to them that makes it easy to overlook any shenanigans that might be going on in the background. others, such as three theories on sexuality and this book, meld some startling and brilliant passages with forced maneuvers that leave me with a feeling of having read a good try instead of a thing of beauty.i quite like this translation by joyce crick, though i hav [...]

    14. Expecting to actually have fun while reading this is a mistake, as this book is evidently not a joke encyclopedia but a quite serious approach at the topic of humor, jokes, and their social role. The -excessively- numerous examples of not-really-funny jokes and puns used by the author can become quite tedious in the first section (reason why I rated 4 stars instead of 5), but are sadly necessary as they are referenced throughout the text as examples. And once the proper discussion about the stru [...]

    15. Para (casi) finiquitar las formaciones del inconsciente, nos queda el chiste. Con una definición muy estricta de qué es y qué no es chiste, Freud nos describe puntualmente sus características, sus variantes, pero especialmente, el mecanismo psíquico que lo vuelve eficaz y tan fascinante para todo ser humano. Además de los ejemplos (que no necesariamente funcionan en español, y que naturalmente pierden el chiste al ser explicados), valen mucho la pena las consideraciones metapsicológicas [...]

    16. Freud's theories of comedy, the joke, and humor in THE JOKE AND ITS RELATION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS was built from theories by Spencer, Bergson, and Heine. The book laid the foundation for future theories, but the majority of the work in this book is severely outweighed by the number of examples he gives.

    17. It's true what they say--explaining the joke is definitely the easiest way to make it unfunny. In The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious Sigmund Freud takes on jokes with his signature psychoanalysis, and ruins many a punchline. I've read Freud before, and I really enjoyed his essay "On Narcissism." This text is pretty par for the course as Freud goes, it's been translated from the original German, it's pretty dense, and you may have to read some parts repeatedly.In terms of content, this [...]

    18. This book, written in 1905, is somehow a sequel of the Interpretation of Dreams and an insight into the analysis of dreams and their relation to the unconscious. Several jokes, he stipulates,perform the same goal as some dreams in tolerating socially or personally ‘unacceptable’ material from the unconscious to transpire in camouflaged forms. Jokes, according to Freud, can be divided into two types: ‘Innocent and Tendentious jokes’. The former focus on spoken dexterity, and at this phase [...]

    19. The best part of the book are the jokes that Freud relates, many of them Jewish - it's interesting to see just how politically incorrect humor could be in pre-World War I Vienna. Too bad they don't occupy more of the book than they do, though. Freud is interesting when he's categorizing the technique of various types of jokes, but much less so when he's delving into his theory on what's involved in making them funny, which involves economy of psychic energy - he makes it just as interesting as i [...]

    20. There were some good jokes I came across - "And what a hump!" instantly comes to my mind - and they did compensate for apparently aimless cataloguing of techniques employed by jokes, but the last fifty or so pages were for me as turgid as it gets. I had to take lots of notes to keep my mind from wandering away from the text. Still, in the end it was worth it. I have a better picture of what makes jokes, the comic and humour distinct from each other and I also have a good idea of what the joke-wo [...]

    21. Parts of this are interesting. You would probably be better off going to your library and downloading some articles about it or maybe reading a book about Freud's ideas rather than trying to glean them from this book. I plan to read Interpretation of Dreams at some point and, although this isn't his most well-known work, the subject intrigued me slightly more. There are an awful lot of bad, old-timey jokes in here, but they're actually so bad and the whole context and the way they're delivered i [...]

    22. A great deal of psychoanalytic theory has been justly debunked and relegated to the dustbin of history -- and cultural myth. But Freud's notions about humor still hold up fairly well. Since a great many of his examples rely upon punning for their humorous effect,not every example translates well from German to English. Still, if I had to recommend only two books by Freud, this would be one of them.

    23. The idea here's that jokes, like dreams, are roads leading to the unconscious. You can interpret joke-texts like dream-texts, identifying the wish-fulfillment at the heart of the former's humor. An interesting theory, but not that convincingly supported and somewhat difficult to follow in translation

    24. • In addition, he looks in the work of an author who viewed jokes as being a form of metaphor.• He successfully managed to link these theories and jokes and the theory of a catharsis.• A joke is one way of ensuring cohesion in society. To some extent, this is true. For instance, roasts held by various societies are used to express pent up emotions.

    25. "L'euforia che ci sforziamo di ottenere per queste vie non è altro che lo stato d'animo di un'età nella quale eravamo soliti provvedere con poco dispendio alla nostra attività psichica, lo stato d'animo della nostra infanzia, nella quale non conoscevamo il comico, non eravamo capaci di motteggiare e non avevamo bisogno dell'umorismo per sentirci felice di vivere."

    26. I first read this in a college course, and found his body of work to be eye opening and thought provoking--although not all that easy to read--I would never have guessed that I would go on to be a psychiatrist, but he rocked my world

    27. bleh. boring and dense and extremely hard to understand. I had to read this for an english class and i hope i never have to read anything by freud ever again. i would rather eat my toes than have to read this ridiculousness again

    28. Indispensible catalog of such classic bon mots as "I would never belong to a club that would have someone like me as a member." Other than the jokes though, the rest of the commentary is as dry as a Viennese lady finger biscuit.

    29. Pretty orthodox in his definitions of the process of humor. Still manages to provide a certain degree of insight to the nature of certain classifiable humor. An insight that still relates to the present human condition.

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