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  1. A wonderful question, just want to write so much at once!

    In general, I really like the idea of the relationship of such parameters as a sense of humor, intelligence and critical thinking.

    Moreover, it seems to me that a sense of humor without critical thinking does not exist at all.


    • And then I say to him: “What do you know about physics, you're a country boy, where do you go?”

    • So you're from the village yourself!

    • But-but, I'm a completely different matter, I studied a lot and worked hard.

    The hero frowns and turns his gaze to the physics diploma in a gilded frame.

    Here we are hardly dealing with a sense of humor, perhaps with a desire to rise at the expense of another person or something similar.

    In any case, a person who cannot direct his humor at himself, in my deep conviction, lacks both a sense of humor and criticism.


    • And then I say to him: “but where do you go to CERN, you're from the village!”

    • So you're from the village yourself!

    • That's right, who better to know than me?

    The hero shakes with laughter, glancing at his physics diploma in a gilded frame.

    But in such a situation, a person is able to make fun of himself, thereby showing a sense of humor.

    Not the ability to tell jokes, but a sense of humor.

    And here is a quote usually attributed to Bertrand Russell:

    “Alas, that's the way the world works: the dumb ones are firmly confident, and the smart ones are full of doubts.”

    I haven't seen it, but I haven't read much of it yet.

    By linking the ability to humor and intelligence, I assume that it is precisely doubt about your sense of humor that is one of the signs of its presence.

    If a person thinks all their jokes are good, then they are again devoid of criticism and by default cannot joke well, because they do not track the reaction to their humor, do not receive feedback.

    And finally, from personal experience of communicating with people.

    It seems that all my friends who consider themselves devoid of a sense of humor, in fact, turned out to be quite subtle connoisseurs of this phenomenon.

    Conversely, those who consider themselves a first-rate wit often find themselves unable to choose humor that suits the setting, as one of the authors previously wrote.

  2. What does “bad sense of humor” mean? Don't laugh at the jokes of Vaganych or Volya? So this is not the lack of CHU, but the knowledge of bayans and the dislike of vulgarity. Can I explain?

  3. I will continue the idea of PETR RAKHMANOV a little, but I will try to look from a different angle, namely from the side of the difference between humor and irony.

    It is customary in the language that there is a “sense of humor”, but no “sense of irony”. Apparently, this explains why, despite the fact that although there is more and more irony, humor (humor – meaning “mood”) is no longer becoming.

    Beggar has an aphorism about irony, it sounds like this:

    “Irony is like a dog that bites first and then smiles”

    Actually, irony (another name: direct irony) is a way to belittle, give a negative or funny character to the described phenomenon. This is a so-called zero-sum game: you belittle someone and at the same time you yourself get better, and in total zero. In other words, in terms of the game: your victory means someone else's defeat at the same time. This is how irony differs from humor, since humor is a game in which everyone wins, and no one leaves offended.

    I do not mean to say that irony should be excluded from the application, on the contrary, in the circle of relatives or close friends, where everyone knows each other like peeling, in moderate doses it is very appropriate. But when I talk about the use of irony among less intimate people, I would compare it to smoking a cigarette in a room where you are not alone. Well-bred people try not to do this.

  4. Denis is basically right, but, in my opinion, he expressed his thoughts incorrectly.

    The sense of humor in different circles can be very different. For example, if you joke about String Theory in the barracks, you will most likely be counted… not quite normal. And if you joke about what happened in the army bathroom at the professor's reception, he won't understand you either.

    Of course, there can always be a feeling that the jokes that you joke are funny only to you, but this happens absolutely for everyone, someone more often, someone less often.

    And as for “realizing that you have a bad sense of humor” is unlikely to work, because you think your jokes are funny 🙂 And if you think they are, then they are. For you.

    The whole point here is that beauty, order (everyday, meaning) and many other things, including humor, are relative concepts. What is beautiful and funny for some is scary and sad for others.

    Conclusion: think less about it and just laugh loudly and heartily, joke as much as you can! And if they don't understand you, it's their problem, not yours – they don't understand your humor!

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