The Psychology of Creative Writing: The Tears of a Clown: Understanding Comedy Writers

  title={The Psychology of Creative Writing: The Tears of a Clown: Understanding Comedy Writers},
  author={Scott Barry Kaufman and Aaron Kozbelt},
Humor is an important part of the human condition. A world without laughter would be a world without a soul. Indeed, comedy serves many key purposes in life – reducing stress, defusing social tensions, revealing the absurdity of human behavior, and generally increasing the quality of life (Martin, 2007). One main vehicle by which funny thoughts are conveyed is through creative writing, which can blunt the edge of potentially controversial topics, evoke feelings of mirth in the reader, and… 

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  • S. Janus
  • Psychology
    American journal of psychoanalysis
  • 1975
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