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Slap, J.W. (1966). On Sarcasm. Psychoanal Q., 35:98-107.

(1966). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 35:98-107

On Sarcasm

Joseph William Slap, M.D.

SUMMARY

Sarcasm when used so consistently as to constitute a trait appears in depression-prone individuals as an expression of oral rage directed at a frustrating object or an envied rival who appears orally satiated. In the unconscious sarcasm has the meaning of a cannibalistic attack. This is borne out by the derivation of the word, its frequent characterization as being bitter, biting and cutting, and by clinical examples.

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