Humor Theory: Formula of Laughter

Humor Theory: Formula of Laughter

by Igor Krichtafovitch


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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
Sales rank: 1,054,089
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(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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