Sunday, March 25, 2012
Humor: A Biological Predisposition to Play With Ideas. Have You Lost Yours?
Humor is discussed here as the inevitable outcome of the evolution of a biological predisposition to play that becomes stronger as you move to higher-order, more complex species. Humor is defined as intellectual play--play with ideas. This drive to play (physically and mentally) is strongest in childhood, but is progressively weakened as we grow up--mainly as a result of the combination of an increasing demand to "get serious" and the mounting stress in our daily lives. It is essential to make an active effort to strengthen one's sense of humor to sustain humor as an adaptive skill. Humor is described as a stress deodorant. The article sets the stage for leaning how to improve one's sense of humor (which will discussed in future articles).