RELEASE THEORY OF HUMOR

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A theory positing that individuals can laugh to release built-up psychic energy.

RELEASE THEORY OF HUMOR: "Freud's version of the release theory of humor posited that humor permits the expression of taboo impulses and releases energy normally used to keep those impulses out of consciousness."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "RELEASE THEORY OF HUMOR," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/release-theory-of-humor/ (accessed December 1, 2021).

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