Exploring the relevance of humour in psychotherapy, the author emphasises the positive power of humour and how mind and body interactions affect health and disease. The book opens with a chronological glimpse of the theories of humour then covers the biological aspects including biochemical and physiological changes, organic disorders, pathological laughter, and neuroanatomical and neurophysiological considerations. The following chapters discuss mental disorders and mood, personal attributes and humour, cognitive strategies and incongruity, culture and humour, psychodynamics of comedians, reasons why laughter occurs, and the use of humour as a persuasive technique. The text then closes with discussions of humour, humour and diagnosis, humour in dreams, and constructive and destructive aspects of humour. The paradoxes of psychotherapy and their resolution in humour is highlighted.
Very good condition. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering. Boards are clean and undamaged except for a white mark at the head of the spine. Pages are clean, bright and undamaged. Dust wrapper is rather grubby and sunned in the area of the spine and edges. There is a 1cm closed tear on the rear.
Dedication by the author on the half-title page.