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"The essence of humor is that one spares oneself the affects to which the situation would naturally give rise and overrides with a jest the possibility of such an emotional display". S. Freud
"Humor and jokes not only contribute to a pleasant development, whether this express a joke, contempt, aggression, or what is intended to satirize, but also are to the service of the unconscious mechanisms, since the comic is a of the ways that the unconscious chooses to manifest. In this sense the humor certainly provides basis for clinical cure." F. De Greef