Summary: The Functions Of Humor

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Humor and Its Relation to the People
Humor has been a part of the history of people's traditions, beliefs, and achievements (Koller, 2015). It is known as usual, significant and practical to use. Lei, Cohen, and Russler (2012) stated that there are five primary needs of humans, these are fun, survival, belonging, power and freedom which can make people feel satisfied but as to Makewa, Role, and Genga (2011), laughter has an effect on the brain and is considered by many researchers as a reaction to stimulus that makes people satisfied.
Humor and its Functions
Accordingly, humor has many functions including the unloosening of tensions of people. It is described as a way in diminishing anxiety (Golchi & Jamali, 2011) and can possibly be used in
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These are jokes, riddles, puns, sarcasm, one liners, nonverbal expressions, and cartoons. Accordingly, the instructional use of humour can be recognized as effective depending on the right type of humour used, with proper time and conditions, and with open-minded students. Appropriate humour brightens the positive humour in the classroom and lessens tension between students and professors. Englert (2010) provided steps on how to use humour effectively: distinguish where appropriate humour can be used, choose the type of humour that is suitable to the situation, and determine the type of humour used for the student. Furthermore, professors who allow the students to use humour in classroom can feel more comfortable and can express themselves through it. Self-degrading humour improves student's motivation in information processing (Wanzer et al., 2010). Humours that are inappropriate and do not contribute in helping the students participate and engage in classroom discussion which also produces negative impact should be avoided (Truett, 2011). Students may feel or think that they are offended when humour is not used properly (Wanzer et al, 2010). Inappropriate humour can be seen as negative humour. It is defined as an attitude that treats learners unfairly, degrade them, and stimulate negativity among
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