Lundberg states that positive humor is nurturing and makes everyone feel good. According to Goodman (1992), "Laughing with others builds confidence, brings people together, and pokes fun at our common dilemmas. Humor is laughter made from pain, not pain inflicted by laughter." In a study conducted by Keltner and Bonanno (1997), it was asserted that bereaved persons when engage in humor become more involved in their ongoing experiences and less dedicated to reminiscence and involvement with their past. This involvement enhances the likelihood that they will engage in their social groups once again, and will protect them from the negative experiences of their stressful lives.
Superiority theory, incongruity theory and the relief theory. All of those terms come to one conclusion; laughter is a safety net and is it the best way to relieve stress. Aristotle, 384-322BC – laughter is a form of derision (Nicomachean Ethics) . Work problems can be very tiring, especially in the world of constant competition where every single person what’s to climb up the ladder of success. Comedies based on work environment concentrate on issues that people may
“Humor has the same formal structure as depression but it’s an anti-depressant”. It’s a way to suppress depression by being able to find positive functions for the superego. Humor relates to the Super-Ego through the acknowledgment of oneself being ridiculous. “Superego has gone under ‘maturation’ maturity that comes from learning to laugh at
Wonderland Popular historian Steven Johnson describes his book Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World as a history of play – pastimes that humans have invented to amuse themselves and serve as an escape from the everyday grind. In the book, Johnson examines how fun and leisure, the seemingly idle and frivolous aspects of society, have helped shape it. Here are some interesting insights and historical tidbits from Wonderland: 1. The human brain desires novelty The drive for novelty and wonder in humans is a strong one. Whenever humans encounter novelty, the brain produces a pleasure drug known as Dopamine.
E.101 M.27 Oh the stress of it all I chose the following: Psychological Moderators of Stress, that I found very interesting and important in the textbook Psychology by Davis, S. and Palladino, J. 2007, p. 636 – 638. Distraction: I console myself by going to the movies, museums, gardens, historical places, taking the Metrolink and the Coaster trains to San Diego, CA, (among other distractions). Religion and Spirituality: My spirituality and catholic religion has helped me the most through my life’s stressful events. Sense of Humor: Since the people I have to talk try kill my optimism, I get my laughter from humorous TV show like I Love Lucy and Three’s Company.
Funny Business In the Tedx video What Makes Things Funny speaker Dr. Peter McGraw has a word or two on what he believes makes things funny. Dr. McGraw, a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral economics. Dr. McGraw explains how he thinks we can live a more humorous life, and how to not step over the line when making jokes. In the Tedx Talk, Dr. McGraw shows his unique view on what he thinks causes humor. Dr. McGraw starts out his talk by asking the audience to turn to the person next to them and tickle them.
Alternatively, the author uses hypocrisy to confirm her claim by drawing the readers in to see what the actual meaning of what Jim’s colleagues said in the autopsy is. Hypocrisy is about saying or feeling one thing and doing another. In “Humor in Arguments,” the editors clarify the centrality of laughter as either appearing of duplicity to situations. They mention, “Laughter can also expose hypocrisy or break down barriers of prejudice and thereby help people see their world’s differently” (Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz 399). The author of “Body Parts,” points out hypocrisy in a humorous tendency, by specifying her involvement in the autopsy, with Jim and his partners.
The final theory that I would use to describe Jeff is the self-objectification theory. This theory includes insight and humor. According to the text, mature individuals are capable of self-objectification, seeing themselves accurately and insightfully, often with a sense of humor. I say that Jeff fits this opinion because he can not only laugh at others, but also himself with his dummies. Jeff takes events in his life and make them humorous.
Hazlitt’s repetitive use of parallel structure solidifies the perspective that a tragedy and a comedy are two sides of the same coin. Hazlitt states, “We weep...we burst into laughter...We shed tears...we burst into laughter….” This anaphora unifies the view saying "we" to include everyone. This experience isn 't applicable to certain people, but to mankind who will experience all this. He also phrases with similar syntax such as "laughs and weeps," "unreasonable and unnecessary," "sad or merry," and "vanity or weakness." These reoccurring phrases are juxtaposed to support the idea that they are inseparable.
Comedy is often overlooked as frivolous rather than for the benefits it can have on empathy, intimacy, trust, bonding, and self-fulfilment. In so far laughter provides an empathic connection, and empathy provides insight to morality and understanding of other’s points of view, comedy is able to provide insight to new knowledge through empathic understandings. Nonetheless, the blueprint whereby an author makes someone laugh in order to influence their understandings is not such an easy feat. Creating a relatable character through humor is something even the best of writers have struggled. As George Lucas found out with Jar Jar Binks, whom he predicted to be a fan favorite, there is a fine line between the audience laughing with at a character and laughing at them.