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Children's Humor and Giftedness

  • By: Doris Bergen
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

When children are assessed for giftedness, one characteristic usually evaluated is “sense of humor” because this is a quality that children who are gifted often display. The ability to recognize inconsistencies in daily life experiences and to deal with them through humor is a major coping strategy for many gifted children. Appreciation and generation of incongruity humor is also a characteristic of gifted adults, who use wit and satire to interpret the world. It may be that the greater knowledge these individuals possess makes them more aware of inconsistencies in life events, or it may be that their ability to compare and analyze situations within context makes them see incongruity as humorous rather than threatening. Studies of children's humor development report that gifted children are ...

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