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How to Laugh Your Way Through Life
Author: Paul Marcus

ISBN: 9781780490953
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 16 April 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 1.27
Description:
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...

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