A theory of humor

  title={A theory of humor},
  author={Thomas Clark Veatch},
Humor, that certain psychological state which tends to produce laughter, isfully characterized by three conditions which individually are necessary and jointly sufficient for humor to occur. The conditions of this theory describe a subjective state of apparent emotional absurdity, where the perceived Situation is seen äs normal, and where, simultaneously, some affective commitment of the perceiver to the way something in the Situation ought to be is violated. This theory is explained in detail… 

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