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

How to Laugh Your Way Through Life A Psychoanalyst s Advice 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 Tragic

  • Title: How to Laugh Your Way Through Life: A Psychoanalyst's Advice
  • Author: Paul Marcus
  • ISBN: 9781780490953
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 possiblWhile 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 deeply engage its beauty and nobility Unlike most books on the psychology and philosophy of humor, 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, humorous 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, 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 attuned to its dynamics and applications in everyday life is the art of living the good life.

    One thought on “How to Laugh Your Way Through Life: A Psychoanalyst's Advice”

    1. A refreshing look at how looking at life through a lens of laughter and humour can change your attitude to whatever life throws you.

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