'Ordinary people ' have always known how humour helps them weather life's vicissitudes, heal its wounds and even survive the worst of physical and psychological challenges. The capacity for enjoyment is generally seen as one
‘Ordinary people ‘ have always known how humour helps them weather life’s vicissitudes, heal its wounds and even survive the worst of physical and psychological challenges. The capacity for enjoyment is generally seen as one of life’s great blessings. Yet depth psychology has shown little interest in these and how they might be fostered. This talk explores the persistent theoretical preference for the tragic and how this might affect practice. If therapists can allow a little more humour into their consulting rooms, might their patients be encouraged to re-find courage and enjoyment in a world that may now seem nothing but bleak?
Ann Shearer is a senior member of IGAP. She teaches widely and for 10 years was involved with the IAAP training in Russia. Earlier, she was a journalist and international consultant in social welfare, and for two years a Royal Literary fund Writing Fellow at Imperial College, London. In her more recent book chapters and articles, she has been particularly interested in the parallels between mythology and psychology. Her books include Athene: Image and Energy; From Ancient Myth to Modern Healing : Themis, goddess of heart-soul, justice and reconciliation ( with Pamela Donleavy) ; and most recently Why Don’t Psychotherapists Laugh? Enjoyment and the Consulting Room.
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