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situation that annoys, mortifies or hurts them. Others have it to a remarkable degree, and if they possess at the
same time the art of telling the humorous story about themselves, they become very popular. This popularity
accounts for a good deal of seeming modesty and humorous self-depiction; it is a sort of recompense for the
self-confessed foible and weakness; it is a way of seeking the good opinion and applause of others and is
sometimes sought to a ridiculous extreme.
The character and the state of culture stand revealed in the type of humor enjoyed. If a man laughs heartily at
sex jokes, one may at least say, that while he may live up to the conventions in this matter, it is certain that he
regards the inhibitions as conventions, even though he give them lip-homage. No one finds much humor in the
things he holds as really sacred, and if these are attacked in the joke he may laugh, but he is offended and
angry at heart. Any man permits a joke on women in general, but he will not permit an obscene joke about his
wife or his mother. Humor must not arouse the anger of the audience or the reader, and in this it resembles
wrestling matches and friendly boxing, which are pleasant as attacks not seriously intended, but the blows
must not exceed a certain play limit or war is declared.
To be entertained, to entertain, to escape from fatigue, monotony, inhibition, to seek excitement, to while
away the time and thus to escape from failure, regret and sorrow are parts of the life and character of all. They
who have nothing else but these activities in their lives are to be pitied, and they are unwise who allow
themselves too little amusement and recreation.
But we have not spoken of pleasure as a whole, pleasure apart from entertainment, play and humor. The
satisfaction of any physical desire is pleasant, so that to eat and drink and have sexual relations become great
pleasure trends. There are some who live only for these pleasures, ranging from gl...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11