Humor Theory

Humor Theory

by Igor Krichtafovitch
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Humor Theory by Igor Krichtafovitch

At last, the resution of eternal puzzle: WHY PEOPLE LAUGH.

Igor Krishtafovich discovered a formula of laughter. As it turned out, humor is a weapon.

Humor is a bloodless verbal fight aiming to raise your status and strengthen your position. Even a friendly banter is a sort of intellectual clash, a kind of training before serious battles. In fact, we try to figure out who's the boss in the family when we poke fun at our loved ones.

"If laughter is akin to aggression, why women have a liking for jesters?"

"A sense of humor is a strong male quality. It is a sign of good intellect. Evolution stakes precisely on the intellect since a smart fellow has more chances of survival. That is why a sense of humor can be a much bigger sign of masculinity than the pumped-up muscles".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598002225
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/03/2006
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 0.39(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

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The formula of laughter is primarily for comedians, writers who write satirical pieces, politicians and for people with strong sense of leadership. A good joke can effectively entice the voters.

The formula is as following:
HE = PI x C/T + BM

PI - personal involvement

C - complexity of a joke. The higher degree of complexity the better provided that your audience can solve the problem within 1 or 2 seconds.

T - time spent by a person solving a joke. The longer the time, the weaker the effect.

BM - background mood. A joker can have an advantage if an audience enjoys the show. However, a real good joke can "blow up" the most dismal audience.

HE - humor effectiveness.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been studying humor and laughter for many year, and this is absolutely the best books I have ever read. The title is an accurate prediction of the book's content: The scientific approach to the nature of humor. Igor Krichtafovitch pursues laughter in its main context of human history. Because author describes laughter everywhere it exists, the resulting theory is wide ranging, taking the reader into a variety of fields that are rarely addressed in the same volume. This book should belong in the reference library of everyone whose interest touches the study or practice of humor. There is plenty of material about those accessible and universally-appealing topics of sex, power, and the gender peaceful contest. And this is a humor is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Following early researches like Plato, Cicero, Freid and others Russian scientist developes a comprehensive theory of humor. Igor Krichtafovitch reduced humor to that of a constant contest in which everybody becomes either winner or loser. People find that this book touches many familiar reasonings and scemes due to the fact Igor Krichtafovitch combines a lifetime of scientific research in natural science with creative work in writing humorous stories and poetries himself. It was proclaimed for many decades that humor dies when placed under the close shientific scrutiny. The 'Humor Theory' gives you perfect yet simple explanation why that is not true. In fact it may teach you how to make jokes in the most successful and appropriate way with your co-workers, bosses and opposite gender and gain most out of them.