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The Psychology of Humor - An Integrative Approach

The Psychology of Humor - An Integrative Approach

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Understanding the nature of humor is a
problem for psychology. Humor, comedy, and laughter are important and engaging
aspects of behavior. Consequently, they have received attention from many perspectives
and approaches. The amount and diversity of relevant information should have
made this book impossible to write. The material for a work on humor is widely scattered,
both in space and time. Even if the focus is on psychology, all the other areas
touching humor need to be examined. Not only empirical research, but rational and
literary thought must be included. Rod Martin has not only brought this material
together but turned it into an easy read. To borrow a simile from James Agee, it must
have been like “putting socks on an octopus.”
Understanding the nature of humor is a
problem for psychology. Humor, comedy, and laughter are important and engaging
aspects of behavior. Consequently, they have received attention from many perspectives
and approaches. The amount and diversity of relevant information should have
made this book impossible to write. The material for a work on humor is widely scattered,
both in space and time. Even if the focus is on psychology, all the other areas
touching humor need to be examined. Not only empirical research, but rational and
literary thought must be included. Rod Martin has not only brought this material
together but turned it into an easy read. To borrow a simile from James Agee, it must
have been like “putting socks on an octopus.”

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Published by: Churchill Oliver Odhiambo on Aug 22, 2013
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