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Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious by Sigmund Freud
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Jun 07, 2008

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Recommended for: students of psychology
Read in July, 1973

I picked this one up at a used bookstore in Three Oaks during the summer Martin and I were taking care of my little brother, Fin, in Michigan. Up to this point I think I'd only read his Civilization and Its Discontents and his Interpretation of Dreams. Starting with that summer, however, I began to plow my way through all of Freud's works.

Brill's translation of Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewußten was occasionally mildly amusing. Freud apparently had a sense of humor, ranging from mild to sharp sarcasm, himself. The points made, however, are so much now commonplace that the reader will likely not learn anything not already assumed. The sceptic, however, may find Freud's arguments reason to reconsider the hypothesis of the unconscious mind.
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