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SIDIS' LAW OF LAUGHTER. The Ukrainian-born American psychologist Boris Sidis (1867-1923) presented his informal, or loosely-suggested, law of laughter in the following terms: all unrestrained and spontaneous activities of normal functions give rise to the emotion of joy with its expression of smiles and laughter. Sidis asserted that play is essentially the manifestation of "spontaneous, unrestrained activity" and, therefore, constitutes the beginning phase in the ultimate understanding of the nature of laughter. According to Sidis, laughter, smiling, and grinning are the external manifestations of the "play instinct." Sidis considers humor to be resident in the higher forms of ridicule where the malicious aspect is not only eliminated but the phenomenon of sympathy seems to emerge. Thus, according to Sidis' analysis, it is possible to love and sympathize with persons whom we may have regarded initially as ludicrous. See also HUMOR, THEORIES OF; McDOUGALL'S THEORY OF HUMOR/ LAUGHTER; SULLY'S THEORY OF LAUGHTER/HUMOR.

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