Monday, 24 March 2008

Freudian humour, and my woeful failure...

A little diversion, if I might: Nate at 'What in the Hell...' has posted a list of the Best Lightbulb Jokes, which included this little gem...

Q: How many Freudians does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Two. One to change the lightbulb and another to hold the penis – uh, I mean, the ladder!

I'm still laughing. (But the real highlight are the Trotskyist pick-up lines Adam W. posted in the comments. “Hey baby, If I said you had a peasantry capable of being led by a tiny working class would you hold it against me?” Beautiful...)

So I thought I'd come up with the first Psycho-Babble On Compendium of Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapeutic Lightbulb Jokes... but alas, all I could come up with was

Q: How many Winnicottians does is take to change a lightbulb?

A: None. It all depends on the mother.

which is obviously rubbish so I can't be trusted to ever do this again. So rather than a 'compendium', I'm hoping for an Psycho-Babble On Occasional Series of Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapeutic Jokes of Any Sort, Really, because I think that's the best I can hope for. And of course I'll have to poach them, as my woeful effort (see above) amply demonstrates, so if you have any good ideas, please do send them to us.

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  1. How many Winnicottians...?
    None: It's a Good Enough Lightbulb...?

  2. Of course there's the classic
    How many Psychotherapists does it take to change a lightbulb?

    Only one, but the lightbulb has to really want to change.

  3. I'm struggling with Kleinian lightbulb jokes I have to say. all I can think of is

    How many Melanie Kleins does it (etc)

    None, it's dark inside mummy.

    which doesnt work.

  4. Wow. Good effort, Sarah! But pretty rubbish, I think it needs to be said.

    Maybe it's not our fault. Maybe psychoanalysis doesn't lend itself to lighbulb jokes.

    What we need are knock-knock jokes. Limericks!