When you have a blog that covers three different topics, albeit all related to my family’s history, it’s not always easy to use prompts that alert other bloggers in the same niche that you share their interests. For example, Geneabloggers, an extremely helpful site that brings together more than 2,800 (!) genealogy bloggers, offers a series of daily blogging prompts that includes Sentimental Sunday, Tombstone Tuesday and Surname Saturday.
I can fit some of my Genealogy posts into the site’s categories, but when it comes to Psychology and Meat, I’m out of luck.
So I decided to create my own prompts to help me focus and to give you, gentle reader, something to anticipate each week — starting with Funny Freud Friday.
I thought it would be be fun to get some end-of-the-week comic relief, especially since I often have to touch on the Holocaust here, but perhaps there’s some deeper meaning in my creation of this feature, some father issues. I’d better look into Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious by Sigmund Freud.
What’s So Funny About Freud?
I’ve come across a surprising number of funny Freud items, from the coffee mug pictured here to Freud break dancing videos and photoshopped images of Freud and Jung. There’s something about the familiarity of the figure — beard, round glasses and cigar — combined with the familiarity of his concepts that make Freud funny.
I believe we’re laughing with Freud, not at him.
All thoughts about the proliferation of Freud humor are welcome — especially from psychoanalysts.
Today’s Freud Funny: The Freudian Sips mug
You’d be surprised how many Freudian sips mugs there are on the market but my favorite comes from The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild, who blurb it as follows:
What’s a Freudian Sip? When you say one thing but mean your mother! Have no fear about saying what’s really on your mind when drinking out of one of these. They’re chock full o’ nuts!
You know you want one.
An Invitation to Participation
I invite you all to alert me to examples of Freud humor — or create your own for me to post at my discretion (which sounds better than saying arbitrarily). Who knows? Perhaps there will be Freud humor contests in the future, with Freud prizes. There’s no restriction on media types, from products to videos. I only ask that an image of Freud or a mention of Freud by name be included. Otherwise I’ll be inundated with New Yorker cartoons about psychoanalysis.