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According to the article about humor in “An Approach to Academic Writing”, it can be defined as a quality in events, which often causes laughter. There have been a lot of theories about the origins of humor, but in general there are three main theories: the superiority theory, the incongruity theory, and the relief theory. Many philosophers, like Aristotle or Thomas Hobbes (1651), support the superiority theory describing humor as a disrespectful reaction to the misfortunes of others or themselves. However, the incongruity theory suggests that humor rises from disharmony. Finally, relief theory states that humor helps to let go some psychological tension, like anxiety or aggression.
There are may other opinions about these theories, for example, that humor is linked to social status or include elements of schema theory. The author of this article concludes that there is no direct definition or right theory of humor.
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