In-Groups, Out-Groups, and Jokes

This article by Nigel Barber Ph.D. originally appeared in Psychology Today

Sigmund Freud was the first thinker to recognize that humor is a form of aggression. To mock is to disparage, and to bring down. In a world of political correctness, group differences are denied. Humor is often the first sacrifice on the fires of political righteousness. … Residents of a country are never more unified than when they go to war. That is why failing regimes, such as Iran’s theocracy, pick fights that provide no rational benefits.

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