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What is sense of humor?

Asked by gamefu91 (591points) January 6th, 2011

Please explain what is sense of humor?
What does good sense of humor mean?
Please explain it to me using examples.
Can we change our sense of humor or is it default by nature?
Any movies in which someone has a good sense of humor? Some actor who has a good sense of humor?

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marinelife's avatar

I don’t think your sense of humor can really be changed. It is what you find innately funny—to laugh at.

BoBo1946's avatar

Humour or humor (see spelling differences) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: húmor, “body fluid”), control human health and emotion.


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Shegrin's avatar

As BoBo1946 said, having a sense of humor is knowing what makes you laugh. Everyone’s is different. As an example, I think Monty Python movies are hilarious. A lot of other people disagree, but will fight for their right to laugh at something I find inane.
You can also have a dark sense of humor, wherein you find yourself laughing at certain scenes in American Psycho or something similar.

To me, Larry The Cable Guy is too dumbed down to be funny (did you know he has a Bachelor’s Degree?), but rednecks all across the South think the sun rises and sets with his comedy.

Conversely, I might accidentally pee myself laughing at Eddie Izzard or Jake Johanssen, but I’ve watched them with others who wanted me to explain why their bits were funny.

As far as a movie character or actor who has a good sense of humor, that’s a tough one. The characters are not real. That’s not who that person really is. And again, it’s whoever appeals to you/makes you laugh.

majapl's avatar

it is a skill of laughing at oneself. if you have it – you can laugh at everything.

Crossroadsgrl's avatar

If you can’t laugh at yourself you don’t have one.

iamthemob's avatar

Personally, I think a sense of humor is more about being able to figure out if what a person says is really humorous or funny.

For example, I think the creators and writers of “South Park” have a great sense of humor. They approach their mocking of any belief, norm, topic etc. in exactly the same manner – to point out the ridiculousness in each, and to recognize that there’s an element of the ridiculous to them all, and finally to reveal whether that makes a practical difference or means an actual harm.

I think their approach to Mormonism is a particularly good example. When a Mormon kid moves to South Park, the family is portrayed as perfect and happy in a ridiculously extreme way. The willful ignorance they have regarding the rational analysis of their beliefs is made fun of in a telling of the story of Joseph Smith, portrayed as a clear con man. The disdain for the truth of it, from an objective perspective, is obvious.

However, in the end, the Mormon boy ends up giving a clear, irrefutable reason why Mormonism works for his family, that whether it’s true makes no difference if for them it produces love, and joy, and they make no attempts to convince someone to believe in it if they don’t want to – and tells Stan (the one questioning everything) to grow up and fuck off. It’s clear that in the end, the boy who’s Mormon is the hero – not because he’s Mormon, but because he approaches his beliefs with a mature attitude.

A person with a good sense of humor is able to pick out the ridiculous in us all and show it to us, so that we get the “Ah-ha!” moment along with the “Ha-ha!” moment (including, as said above, what’s ridiculous in ourselves).

ucme's avatar

An essential integral part of my life.

blueiiznh's avatar

Your own perception on what funny is.

Everyone has a different sense of humor.
Some people just dont think anything is funny (old farts).
Some people think everything is funny (as long as it is happening to someone else.

Coloma's avatar

Having the ability to laugh at yourself as well as putting a humorous spin on even, something that could be considered negative.

Style aside, a well developed sense of humor is related to mental & emotional stability, especially when used as a suppressing, rather than repressing coping mechanism, and also a trait of high intelligence.

Not to mention the gazillions of studies that show the positive benefits of laughter on health.

I have a silly, offbeat sense of humor that is a HUGE part of how I show up, I cannot be around doom & gloom types, nothing funny about that.

classykeyser's avatar

It’s how you react to the world. Good or bad is of course subjective, but the existence of one helps to keep your mental state in reality.

Austinlad's avatar

The ability to see something funny about something serious.

pizzaman's avatar

Being able to make people laugh and the ability to understand jokes and such. It is also the skill of finding something funny in everything and then knowing what and when to say what you were thinking.

flutherother's avatar

Humour is the red thread in the grey linen.

hotgirl67's avatar

Having a sense of humor means having the ability to laugh at yourself and not take things too seriously.If someone is humorous they could be considered amusing.I think that every body has a different sense humor because of what they find funny.Check out Wedding Crashers and The Mask to see actors who have a good sense of humor. Usually any movie with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, or Jim Carrey is funny except if they are trying to be more serious.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Jim Carrey just cracks me up. He doesn’t even have to say anything – just the look on his face is usually enough. I must be able to relate to his sense of humor. However, I can’t stand Steve Martin’s sense of humor and don’t find it funny at all.

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