Humour on the Couch

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Wiley, May 18, 2000 - Psychology - 210 pages
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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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Contents

A runny thing happened to me on the way to therapy
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
62
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Alessandra Lemma is a psychoanalyst and a consultant clinical psychologist working in the Adolescent Department of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where she is also the Head of Psychology. She is a Senior Member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She has published several books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

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