Superiority Theories Of Humor

The superiority theories of humor are characterized, generally, by one's cognitive/perceptual comparison of self against others on the bases of intelligence, beauty, strength, wealth, etc., and on a subsequent personally-experienced elation, triumph, superiority, or victory as the result of such "self-others" comparisons. According to the principle of superiority in this context, one's laughter, mockery, and ridicule - at the expense of others - is central to the humor experience. See also ARISTOTLE'S THEORY OF HUMOR; BAIN'S THEORY OF HUMOR; BERGSON'S THEORY OF HUMOR; HOBBES' THEORY OF HUMOR/LAUGHTER; HOFFDING'S THEORY OF HUMOR/LAUGHTER; HUMOR, THEORIES OF; MOTIVATIONAL THEORIES OF HUMOR; PLATO'S THEORY OF HUMOR; RAPP'S THEORY OF THE ORIGINS OF LAUGHTER/HUMOR. REFERENCE

Roeckelein, J. E. (2002). The psychology of humor. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

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