Apparently Sarcasm Is The Lowest Form Of Wit – Think Again
Sarcasm is an art of joking that can be lost on a lot of people. Some say sarcastic people are difficult to read and don’t know when they are are telling the truth or just winding them up. It turns out that sarcastic people are, well, err Intelligent, so the reference to the lowest form of wit sounds a little bit wrong. If you are known for your biting sense of humour then you can now be known for possessing the highest form of intelligence!
Read on and feel free to leave a sarcastic comment
A study out of Harvard Business School finds that sarcasm is the “highest form of intelligence.” The study’s authors delved into “the cognitive experiences of sarcastic expressers and recipients or their behavioral implications” to test and see if sarcasm is a mode of higher thinking.
In two studies, they found that the sassy among us were causing more conflict, but were also demonstrating “enhanced creativity” after following a mock sarcastic conversation or recalling a sarcastic exchange.
In a third study, they found that sarcasm enhanced creativity in the form of abstract thinking. You’ve got to work hard for those jokes, folks. And in a fourth study, they discovered “when participants expressed sarcasm toward or received sarcasm from a trusted other, creativity increased but conflict did not.” Which is fascinating because it implies that you might not be mad at the jokes cracked by the most sharp witted person in the office if you already like that person.