The question is more complicated than it may seem at first blush. Why do we laugh and derive so much amusement from so many different things, from puns to pratfalls and skits? Why are some things funny to some people and not to others? How is that while a successful joke can cause such pleasure while a gag gone awry can cause serious harm? The underpinning of humor has proven far more vexing than those odd other emotional experiences.
What the researchers now knew is that there is little agreement when it comes to fun. Over the centuries various scholars have attempted to introduce theories about humor, but nothing concrete has taken hold. Some go to the premise that people laugh at the misfortune of others. Many see humor as a way to release psychological tension.
The majority of humor experts today oversubscribe to some variation of this incongruity theory, the idea that humor arises when there’s an inconsistency between what people expect to happen and what happens. It seems to go along with the notion that fun arrives when something seems wrong or threatening, but is simultaneously OK, or safe. It proves that laughter is triggered when we find something humorous and, there are three traditional theories about what we find entertaining.
The Incongruity Theory-
This theory suggests that humor arises when logic and familiarity are replaced by things that don’t usually go together. Researchers say a joke becomes funny when we expect one outcome, and another happens. When a prank begins our minds and bodies are already anticipating what’s going to happen and how it’s going to happen. It appears that anticipation takes the form of logical thought intertwined with emotion. Your past experiences and your process of reflection are much involved. We experience this incongruity between the different parts of the joke as humorous.
The Superiority Theory –
This outlook comes into play when we laugh at jokes that focus on someone else’s mistakes, stupidity or misfortune. We feel superior to the person, experience a certain detachment from the situation and so can laugh at it.
The Relief Theory –
The relief theory is the one that movie makers have used actually for a long time. In an action films or thrillers where tension is high, the director uses comic relief at just the right times. He builds up tension or suspense as much s possible and then he breaks it down slightly with side comments, enabling the viewers to relieve himself of pent up emotion, just so the movie can build up again.
We are in need of a release and laughter is the way of cleansing our system of the build up tension and incongruity. The act of producing humor, of making a joke, gives us a mental break and increases our objectivity in the face of overwhelming stress. All of the above are the big secrets to what make funny and why we all enjoy our good jokes and laughter.
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