MOMENTS OF HUMOR
of Humor: What is humor?
The following copyrighted material is excerpted from:
Steven M. "Integrating Humor into Psychotherapy." in Play Therapy
with Adults. Ed. Charles Schaefer, New York, NY: Wiley and Sons, 2002.
For a more detailed discussion please consult
the chapter listed above
a stimulus is perceived as humorous, it will trigger a reaction within the
individual. This reaction may be physiological (laughter), cognitive (wit), or
emotional (mirth), or a combination of these experiences. Therefore, the total
sensation of a humorous event is a complex interaction of a stimulus, an
individual’s perception, and the resulting reaction.
For an articles explaining humor and its component parts of wit,
mirth, and laughter check out
Exploring the Land of Mirth and Funny or
Tickling Our Funny Bone.
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