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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, November 7, 1891

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Bartos, Rena (1981), "Ads That Irritate May Erode Trust in Advertised Brands," Harvard Business Review, 59 (July-August), 138-140. With regard to the broad personality dimension of neuroticism, afnliative humor was found to be unrelated, whereas self-enhancing humor was neg- atively related, and both aggressive and self-defeating humor were positively related to this personality factor. According to phrenologists, the larger each one of these parts of a person’s brain was, the more likely they were to behave in a certain way.

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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, May 23, 1917

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In this sense, having a common sense of humour is like sharing a secret code. [...] We wear our cultural distinctiveness like an insulation layer against the surrounding alien environment. Fry and Rader, 1977; Svebak, 1975, 1977). He laughs once when you tell him the story and a second time when you explain it, because he doesn’t understand it anyway. They were equally "direct" - being published under his own name, but addressed different emotions and values.

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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 99, August 16, 1890

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Personality & Individual Differences, 9(5), 861-871. In a larger study of coping with breast cancer, 236 patients completed the COPE as well as measures of emotional distress (Culver et al., 2004). This is something which is very common amongst teenagers who often try to model famous actors or musicians. The second factor, labeled nonsense humor (NON), also relates to joke structure rather than content. In Man's Search for Meaning, he says this: "...everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." (1963, p. 104) Ultimately, however, experiential, creative, and attitudinal values are merely surface manifestations of something much more fundamental, which he calls supra-meaning or transcendence.

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Much Ado About Noting: A Pedpgraphophiliac Crestomathy of

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All reinforcers tend to _____ the probability that a behavior will occur. 267. Nurses deal with the sick and injured and their families on a daily basis, and they need to be able to show them that they truly care about their situation. Exaggeration and underestimation are also perceived to represent negative sentiments, probably because distortion of reality often underlies depreciation or disparagement of the external reality and social norms. "Slice-of-life" involves ordinary people struggling with everyday predicaments, management of uncomfortable situations, and middle-class values. "Ludicrousness" indicates either adults behaving in an undignified, immature fashion, or people doing silly things. "Miniaturization" portrays children or animals struggling to get through seemingly complicated situations; it appeals to individual desire to regress into a childlike state or to empathize with those who are relatively powerless. "Subtle complexity" is characterized by various levels of complexity, metaphor, indirect situation, and tricky allusions in the message delivery.

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Laughter

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Some researchers have used the expressions "humor appreciation" (e.g., Weisfeld, 1993) or "amusement" (e.g., Shiota et al., 2004) to denote this emotion, but these terms seem to be too cognitive and do not fully capture its emotional nature. Tragedy involved big important characters (usually falling from grace). He proposes that humor springs from an “arousal jag” that arises with the experience of threat, discomfort, uncertainty, or surprise, and then is followed by an event that indicates safety, readjustment, clarification, or release.

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Humor at Work: The Guaranteed, Bottom Line, Low Cost, High

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In this paper, pre-trial belief is analyzed to highlight its nexus with statutory regulation of health systems. Consistent with favorable views of humor in contemporary culture as a whole, the extreme view that all humor involves aggression has generally fallen into disfavor among humor researchers. No matter how dubious the evidence may appear to every- one else, Gruner always seems to be able to satisfy himself that he can identify the aggression in even the most seemingly innocuous examples of humor.

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In Exile and Other Stories

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A number of journal articles and books have been written on this topic in recent years (Buckman, 1994; Franzini, 2000, 2001; W. To them every untoward, unprepared for, unmanageable, inauspicious, ugly, disgusting, puzzling, startling, deceiving, shaking, blinding, jolting, deafening, banging, bumping, or otherwise shocking and disturbing thing, unless it be calamitous enough to force them out of the mood of play, is enjoyable as funny.

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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, May 9, 1917

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Keith-Spiegel, Patricia (1972), "Early Conceptions of Humor: Varieties and Issues," in J. Discusses psychological theories of humor and explores Native American humor. Emotional intelligence (EI), the ability to perceive assess and influence one’s own and other people’s emotions is essential for knowing when and how to use humor effectively. (Goleman 1998) The ability to use humor as a part of interpersonal dialogue requires confidence in one’s own humor strengths, a fun-loving playful spirit and the willingness to risk the extraordinary.

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Little House of Oxymorons: with commentaries

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It is important the clinician is sensitive to what the client perceives as humorous. Comparing himself with those other great Viennese psychiatrists, Freud and Adler, he suggested that Freud essentially postulated a will to pleasure as the root of all human motivation, and Adler a will to power. While standing at the appropriate psychic distance from an event, we have a perspective that we cannot have while standing "close" to it. Effects of laughter and relaxation on discomfort thresholds.

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The Devils Dictionary (Large Print): (Ambrose Bierce

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Communication Education, 57(3), 181-187. A new book by Robert Felix does bring evolution to a new level. Similarly, Robert Pierce (1994) suggested that, although it can often be beneficial, humor is inappropriate in therapy (1) when it is used to belittle, laugh at, or mimic the client; (2) when it is used defensively to divert attention away from an emotion- ally charged problem onto safer topics; and (3) when it is irrelevant to the therapeu- tic purpose, gratifying the therapist's own need for amusement and wasting valuable therapy time and energy.

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