The Science Behind Being Funny. This Is No Joke.
We find humor when something happens that doesn't fit with what we expected to happen. It's about the unexpected.
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It suggest that our humor is derived from the misfortune of others, which makes us feel superior.
That explains for example why a lot of us find it funny when people fall down.
The perception of humor is directly related to the release of built up tension. We are set up through tension to get to a release point of humor. And that release has been shown to actually be good for our health.
Humor, just like the joy of always learning new things, works by leading us one way and then suddenly shifting our perceptions.
Shock and surprise are needed for that turn, but there must be a destination too.
It says that humor comes from a few necessary conditions:
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Everyone who ever had to explain their own joke knows that comedy cannot survive analysis. Once you take humour apart, it loses its effect and dies in the process.
Henri Bergson published his essay on laughter in 1900. He believed that laughter should be studied as 'a living thing' and treated with 'the respect due to life.'
Henri Bergson's general observations related to when laughter is most likely to appear and thrive:
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