What is Comedy?

Have people been laughing since the beginning of time? Picture cavemen guffawing at some poor dolt whose meat fell off the stick into the fire. As far as archaeologists can determine, no caveman served as the honorary stand-up comedian, and there was no formal comedy culture we are aware of …

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Protecting Mental Consistency

When we feel cognitive dissonance, we have to find a way to deal with the psychological tension. We have an arsenal of tools at our disposal to help us return to cognitive consistency. The following list outlines different ways people seek to reduce dissonance.

Denial

To shut out the dissonance …

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