The secret of humor

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 76. Reviews the book, The secret of humor by Leonard Feinberg (1978). This little volume is a remarkably rich sourcebook displaying the variety of humor across times and cultures. But don't expect to be dazzled by “the secret,” which turns out to be that humor is “playful aggression.” Such elastic use of the aggression concept almost becomes humorous itself, but the book is nevertheless valuable in providing an erudite sampling of wit, irony, word plays, scatology, and doggerel. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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