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Children first need to possess a few basic cognitive skills to communicate jokes, such as imagination, the ability to take a different perspective, and language.
These abilities tend to develop at different rates in children and continue to grow and change throughout adolescence and adulthood.
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Children need socialization to develop a feel for humor. They must understand that they are sharing an experience with another person.
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Children start to produce...
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You say something you don't literally mean, and the hearer only understands if they get that you're insincere. The ability to recognize sarcasm is an essential skill to function in a modern society that thrives on irony.
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