April 2, 2015 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
141 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
MA 02459
$50 early bird, $75 after 3/1/2015, Free for BPSI Members, Trainees, APsaA Fellow Members, and PiP Residents
Victoria Vacaro
617-266-0953 x105



Frances Lang, LICSW
5 Sessions: Wednesdays, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2015
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Fee: $50 early bird, $75 after March 1, 2015
*Free for BPSI Members, Trainees, APsaA Fellow Members, and PiP


Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” E.B. White

While we will read and discuss psychoanalytic views on humor in this seminar, we will try our best not to kill it by over analysis. With a particular emphasis on how we, the participants in the seminar, have come by our own senses of humor, we will discuss the development of humor in childhood and over the life cycle. In connection with this, we will discuss the uses (and possible misuses) of humor in psychotherapy including matches and mismatches between therapist’s and patient’s sense of humor. Time permitting, we will address, as well, instances of caricature or political humor — funny or offensive or both.

Exquisitely shaped by our personal histories, humor is capable of expressing as well as of containing affect. It can draw individuals together or alienate them from each other. To say of an individual that he or she has no sense of humor is rarely, if ever, a compliment. How do we understand this? For that matter, how do we think about humor so as to properly recognize its place in our lives?

Freud’s moving conclusion to Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconsciousilluminates perhaps some of what lies behind the pleasure that humor of all kinds brings us: “…The euphoria which we endeavor to reach by these means is nothing other than the mood… of our childhood when we were ignorant of the comic, when we were incapable of jokes and when we had no need of humor to make us feel happy in our life.”


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Explorations in Mind, BPSI’s community education program, offers a wide range of courses for clinicians, professionals in other fields, and the interested community. We hope to enhance an understanding of psychoanalysis and develop connections with the intellectual, artistic, and social issues of interest to the community at large.

Continuing Education credits are offered for psychologists and social workers. This program will be of interest to mental health practitioners at all levels of training.

*Course fees are waived for BPSI Trainees and Members, please contact Victoria at vvacaro@bpsi.org or (617) 266-0953 ext. 105 if you are a current BPSI Trainee or Member and would like to enroll in a course*

Continuing Education

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 1.5 or 2 hours of CE per session.
Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Administrative Office for information regarding continuing education for Social Workers.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.