When we say ‘funny’ or ‘sense of humor,’ everything sounds so sunshine and roses while you laugh with your eyes shut. But once you decode the science and psychology that runs in the background of the parody, respect will naturally occur to you for everyone, whether they are master of wits or someone whose house still have lights open while they aren’t at home.
Humour is the most underrated thing out of all that adds cherry on top of the cake of life. While life is certainly not a cake every time, but a little cherry can always be cherished amid the chaos of living and kicking. And there is no better investment than the investment in the seeds of a cherry plant.
If you just perceived cherry as humor, then let us tell you that its seed is psychological well being. People who have delightful mental health have a better knack for all things funny. What runs in the background is a series of pattern and state of mind of an individual which explains why certain people have a better sense of humor than others.
Let’s start with discussing the process of creating the humor:
The human brain stores the information in a specific sequence of memory called a schema. Now that you know about the primary unit that makes the base for humor, here are the three steps of creating humor:
1. The first step is the detection of multiple possibilities of interpreting a specific event. These varied interpretations come from events witnessed or experienced in past that are sequenced in the schema.
2. Once multiple interpretations are thought of, the brain mentally represents secondary schema (that are picked from the sequenced events) with the primary one (the event that just occurred). The part that creates the fun quotient is that the two events represented together are incongruous to each other.
3. Once, two incongruous schemas are represented together, the brain resolves the incongruity between the two events while simultaneously holding the representations together.
Surprised to discover the complex phenomenon that runs behind humor that is meant to make life simple? There is much more to know.
Let us understand why do certain people don’t get the joke or don’t find it funny.
By far we have understood that there are two reasons why humor is born-
a) capability to represent and resolve two incongruous schemas simultaneously
b) The efficiency of working memory capacity and control function of the brain.
People don’t find jokes funny when either the secondary schema, due to certain factors, creates a conflicting representation than the joke is trying to create or the brain lacks the ability to process the mental representation.
For example, if a person finds a joke offensive, his brain will picturise the schema that is conflicting with the one that the narrator is trying to create. Narrate an anti-environmental joke before an environmentalist and he won’t be amused by it since his brain will represent schemas that suggest your insensitivity towards issues that he works for.
Sense of Humour And Past Experiences
Studies have revealed that people who have a negative past perspective, mostly dwell in the past, hardly concerned about the happenings of present no matter how good it be. The better the feeling of well being, the higher is the humor quotient of the person due to the ability to relate schemas with positive events. A better sense of well being is what comes from a good quality of experiences in the past and present.
Another observation says that people who exhibit humor where they question themselves, have had a worse past than the ones who exhibit positive humor.
Tags: Psychology of Humor, Psychologically Healthy Person, Witty Sense of Humor, Mental Benefits of Laughter
Elina is a general health writer for Cheap Medicine Shop and holds a diploma in health and fitness studies. She hails from Canada and is specialized in writing about a plethora of diseases, diets and more. Apart from being an ardent writer, Elina is also a dedicated reader and no literary discussion at the workplace is complete without her insightful participation.