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Humor Mindset

  • By: Thomas E. Ford
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

The humor mindset is an integral component of theories of amusement or humor appreciation. The humor mindset does not, itself, refer to amusement, but it is thought to be a necessary condition for the experience of amusement. This entry discusses how the humor mindset allows for humor to be enjoyed and explains how the humor mindset is measured.

What Is the Humor Mindset?

The humor mindset refers to a distinct way of interpreting messages or events. Humorous messages are accompanied by cues (e.g., identification of message as a joke) that signal to recipients that a message or event is not to be subjected to the usual conversational rule of literality, logical thinking, and critical scrutiny. Rather, humor invites us to subject a message or event to a ...

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