Blurring the boundaries: Humour
can shrink the distance between you and your students but remember, the power differential can never fully disappear.
styles, personality, and well-being among Lebanese university students.
Saldanha's death raises questions about the state of humour
1) What happens to our ability to experience humour
as we get older?
Moving on to the better half of humour
that is satire, sarcasm and gibe as defined by the encyclopedia Britannica; "Satire in its literary aspect, may be defined as the expression in adequate terms of the sense of amusement or disgust excited by the ridiculous or unseemly, provided that humour
is the distinctly recognizable element and that the utterance is invested with literary form without humor, satire is invective; without literary form, it is mere clownish jeering"2
Chapter three, "The Qi That Got Lost in Translation: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Humour
and Healing" by Rey Tiquia, shows that many TCM texts throughout history have discussed happiness and laughter as a means of easing the flow of qi through the body, thus establishing a physical basis for the effects of humor.
In line with the contemporary interest in positive psychology (Bakker, Rodriguez-Munoz, & Derks, 2012), we aim to extend the humour
-health hypothesis based on the two benign types of humour
The long history of research on humour
in Western cultures, which began with the work of many pioneers in psychology like Freud (1960), Maslow (1961), Rogers (1961), Beck (1967), and Frankl (1984), has mostly focused on the relationship between humour
and psychological functioning.
and laughter in autism and Down's syndrome.
MANY of us feel a chill at recalling the school teacher whose mastery of sarcastic humour
was used as a blunt weapon of classroom control.
There is an increasing amount of literature which explores the concept of humour
and its uses within healthcare settings.
The findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, contradict some of the research carried out to date in the psychology of humour
Summary: Researchers in Austria recently discovered that funny people, particularly those who enjoy dark humour
, have higher IQs than their less funny peers.
, Satire and Parody in Israeli Culture