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Mourning, Melancholy, and Humor: Psychotheology in Freud and Söderblom

Journal article
Authors Ola Sigurdson
Published in Dialog: A Journal of Theology
Volume 56
Issue 4
Pages 402–411
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 402–411
Language en
Keywords Humor and theology, Freud and theology, Psychoanalysis and theology, Nathan Söderblom, Luther and humor
Subject categories Systematic theology, Faith and reason, Philosophy of religion, Psychology of religion


This article aims at exploring the means for and hope of overcoming trauma, that is, violent emotional shock, through the use of humor and theology in conjunction. Both humor and the experience of the hope of some kind of redemption are ways of transcending the given. But is such overcoming possible without illusion or escapism? These issues are explored through the psychotheological perspectives on humor in the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and the Swedish archbishop and theologian Nathan Söderblom.

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