Categories
Download How to Laugh Your Way Through Life: A Psychoanalyst's Advice

How to Laugh Your Way Through Life: A Psychoanalyst's Advice

  • Author: Paul Marcus
  • Pages: 170
  • Language: English
  • ISBN/ASIN: 178049095X
  • ISBN13: 9781780490953
  • Upload date: 26-12-2016, 13:20
  • Category: Psychology

While living in anti-Semitic Vienna, Freud wrote in a letter to Ernest Jones, 'What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books'. Tragicomic attunement seeing the comic in the tragic and the tragic in the comic - is a perspective on life that, following Freud, is one of the best ways to 'to ward off possible suffering' and better manage the stressors, anxieties, and worries of everyday life. Moreover, tragicomic attunement and intervention has a meaning-giving, affect-integrating, life-affirming, double structure that is especially pertinent to sensible living in our troubled and troubling post-modern world: 'In tragedy', said theologian Harvey Cox, 'we weep and are purged. In comedy we laugh and hope'. In Monty Python's Life of Brian, a bunch of crucified criminals happily sing 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' In Stephen King's book The Tommyknockers, the central character thinks about a joke he heard once: as a man is about to be executed, the firing squad officer in charge offers the man about to be shot a cigarette. He replies, 'No thanks, I'm trying to quit'. It is precisely this capacity to use one's imaginative resources to create a tragicomic form of life, a way of thinking, feeling, and acting in the service of aesthetic, epistemological, and ethical deepening, of affirming Beauty, Truth and, especially, Goodness, that mainly constitutes the art of living the 'good life'. In chapters on love, work, suffering, death, and psychoanalysis, the author shows how the 'nuts and bolts' of tragicomic attunement and intervention can be cultivated and used to help people better manage the harshness, if not outrageousness, of life, as well as more deeply engage its beauty and nobility. Unlike most books on the psychology and philosophy of humour, and following Ludwig Wittgenstein's wonderful advice 'A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes', this book is replete with jokes, humourous stories, and amusing maxims and quotes making it a lively reading experience that aims to help people fashion the 'good life' - a life of deep and expansive love, and creative and productive work, that is aesthetically pleasing and in accordance with reason and ethics. As tragicomic master Mel Brooks noted, 'Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you', and becoming more attuned to its dynamics and applications in everyday life is the aim of this thoughtful and engaging book.

Download How to Laugh Your Way Through Life: A Psychoanalyst's Advice

* If download links doesn't work. Please write a comment.

How to Laugh Your Way Through Life: A Psychoanalyst's Advice Download via usenet

Comments for How to Laugh Your Way Through Life: A Psychoanalyst's Advice

Related eBooks

Download Manage Your Time, Master Your LifeManage Your Time, Master Your Life Robin Sharma Download Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation?Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation? Slavoj Zizek Download The Retreat of Reason A Dilemma in the Philosophy of LifeThe Retreat of Reason A Dilemma in the Philosophy of Life Ingmar Persson Download The Meaning of Life: A Very Short IntroductionThe Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction Terry Eagleton Download The Joy of Philosophy: Thinking Thin versus the Passionate LifeThe Joy of Philosophy: Thinking Thin versus the Passionate Life Robert C. Solomon Download The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth LivingThe Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living Mari Ruti Download The A to Z of Wittgenstein's PhilosophyThe A to Z of Wittgenstein's Philosophy Duncan Richter Download The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty JokesThe Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes Willie Nelson Download Nuts, Bolts, and Jolts: Fundamental Business and Life Lessons You Must KnowNuts, Bolts, and Jolts: Fundamental Business and Life Lessons You Must Know Richard A. Moran Download Monty Python at WorkMonty Python at Work Michael Palin Download Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Matthew Bevis Download Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine: America's Funniest Jokes, Stories, and CartoonsLaughter Really Is The Best Medicine: America's Funniest Jokes, Stories, and Cartoons Editors of Reader's Digest Download Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and LifeLeading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life Stewart D. Friedman Download Beware of Bad BoyBeware of Bad Boy April Brookshire Download The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...in Business and in LifeThe Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...in Business and in Life Leo Babauta Download Primary Greatness: The 12 Levers of SuccessPrimary Greatness: The 12 Levers of Success Stephen R. Covey Download Living the Significant Life: 12 Principles for Making a DifferenceLiving the Significant Life: 12 Principles for Making a Difference Peter L. Hirsch Download Less is More: 101 Ways to Simplify Your LifeLess is More: 101 Ways to Simplify Your Life Domonique Bertolucci Download INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ULTIMATE COLLECTION: 3000+ Motivational Quotations With Special Humor SectionINSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ULTIMATE COLLECTION: 3000+ Motivational Quotations With Special Humor Section Darryl Marks Download Bet You didn't Know It could Do That: Life Hacks that'll Blow Your MindBet You didn't Know It could Do That: Life Hacks that'll Blow Your Mind Rafael Gurkovsky Download What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of LifeWhat's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life Julian Baggini Download The Science of Trust: Emotional Attunement for CouplesThe Science of Trust: Emotional Attunement for Couples John M. Gottman Download Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in PsychoanalysisNourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis Donna M. Orange Download Freud: A Life for Our TimeFreud: A Life for Our Time Peter Gay