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OSCAR WILDE

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence.

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Sarcasm is an instigator of conflict

Sarcasm is an instigator of conflict

It may have taken years, but research suggests that Wilde was correct in his analysis of sarcasm. In fact, neuropsychologists are encouraging people not to avoid and condemn appropriate sarcasm in the office but to use it with care and moderation and reap the benefits it may offer.

Researchers say that sarcasm is an instigator of conflict but also a catalyst for creativity when used moderately and appropriately amongst people who trust one another.

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Sarcasm exercises the brain more than sincere statements

Sarcasm exercises the brain more than sincere statements

Harmless forms of sarcasm promote creativity through abstract thinking for those on both the giving and receiving end of sarcastic exchanges.

Studies indicate that sarcasm exercises the brain more than sincere statements since the brain must work harder to understand and translate it. This extra processing may make us sharper because it activates abstract thinking.

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The use of sarcasm is also an indication of a healthy ability to show affection

An old adage says we tend to tease the ones we love, as we are more likely to use sarcasm with people we care for.

Parents may offer up a teasing remark, for instance, to soften what otherwise may be seen as criticism. "I saw how neatly you made your bed this morning," rather than a more biting remark about a child's neglect to perform this expected chore; it will send the same message but lovingly. "I hate it when you're right" is a playful and endearing way to thank someone for valuable insight. Of course, there are limits to be observed.

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