Defining Humor

Humor normally requires at least two individuals (the humor initiator and the receiver) who cooperate in setting up what Gregory Bateson termed a play frame,

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in which the parties involved tacitly agree that what is inside the frame is not to be taken seriously. A play frame may also be set up by a single individual in response to a perceived incongruity in an event or situation. Verbal humor is a particular form of skilled language use in which at least two disparate meanings are interwoven into a text by making use of ambiguity, polysemy, intertextuality, or inconsistency in such a way that the listener is led to expect one meaning but actually experiences the other. The pleasure of humor is thought to arise upon the sudden recognition of the mismatch between the expected and the experienced meaning.

Understanding And Treating Autism

Understanding And Treating Autism

Whenever a doctor informs the parents that their child is suffering with Autism, the first & foremost question that is thrown over him is - How did it happen? How did my child get this disease? Well, there is no definite answer to what are the exact causes of Autism.

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