Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious

“The pleasure in jokes has seemed to us to arise from an economy in expenditure upon inhibition, the pleasure in the comic from an economy in expenditure upon ideation (upon cathexis) and the pleasure in humour from an economy in expenditure upon feeling. In all three modes of working of our mental apparatus the pleasure is derived from an economy. All three are agreed in representing methods of regaining from mental activity a pleasure which has in fact been lost through the development of that activity. For the euphoria which we endeavour to reach by these means is nothing other than the mood of a period of life in which we were accustomed to deal with our psychical work in general with a small expenditure of energy – the mood of our childhood, when we were ignorant of the comic, when we were incapable of jokes and when we had no need of humour to make us feel happy in our life.” — Freud

What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common?

They have the same middle name.

from Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters by Ted Cohen

‎Did you hear about the baby born in the high tech delivery room? It was cordless!

A man, granted heaven & a question, asks about the navel’s purpose: an angel turns a screw there & the man’s ass falls down.

5 Leading Theories for Why We Laugh—and the Jokes That Prove Them Wrong

“The Release Theory”, Freud’s argument, remains the hardest to beat because the wit – “A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.” – with which they try to uproot it is anemic at best, although it still relies on subverting the interpretation of what we have taken for granted in the word, “conclusion” – I would nod with a social smile but not launch into disarmed laughter. It is also quite presumptuous of the article to attempt to count five fingers of humor as if it were a hand or a concept. Good thoughts, nevertheless. —-Taimur


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