The Incongruity Theory

The Incongruity Theory

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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The Superiority Theory

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 Relief Theory

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.

The Kick of the Discovery Theory

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. 

The Benign Violations Theory

It says that humor comes from a few necessary conditions:

  1. There needs to be a norm violation (moral norm, a social norm, or a physical norm).
  2. There needs to be a safe context where the violation takes place. That gives us permission to laugh.

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  • Humor, in a way, protects us from life's grim reality. We joke because if we didn't, we'd cry.
  • Humor and laughing are also a social vocalization that includes some and excludes others. Jokes establish who is inside the group and who is not. We laugh with people to belong, and at others to exclude.
  • In our current crises, humor is everywhere because fear is too. Laughter binds us together against a common enemy.

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Strategic humor tips
  • Humor works better when it’s related to the information that you’re trying to remember. Try to use only relevant humor that pertains directly to the information that you want to emphasize.
  • Humor serves as a better attention and memory aid when it’s unexpected in some way. Try to avoid information that could be perceived by your audience as too predictable.
  • Humor works better when it’s not too subtle since some people simply won’t notice it.
Living with a minimalist mindset is:

1. Choosing quality over quantity. Weed out possessions, people, or thoughts that don’t serve you and focus on what adds value to your life. 

2. Being responsible (financially and otherwise) so you have the freedom and fluidity to live to your values and remove yourself from unhealthy situations.
3. Being curious about every opportunity offered to you.
4. Discipline. It’s simple and hard at the same time, but so worth it.
5. Having nothing to lose.

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