Sarcasm: The Highest Form of Intelligence

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    Nov 02, 2015 8:36 PM GMT
    The Highest Form of Intelligence: Sarcasm Increases Creativity Through Abstract Thinking for Both Expressers and Recipients

    Oh, they claim that it's good for the recipient too. Jolly well. Carry on.

    Abstract

    Sarcasm is ubiquitous in organizations. Despite its prevalence, we know surprisingly little about the cognitive experiences of sarcastic expressers and recipients or their behavioral implications. The current research proposes and tests a novel theoretical model in which both the construction and interpretation of sarcasm lead to greater creativity because they activate abstract thinking. Studies 1 and 2 found that both sarcasm expressers and recipients reported more conflict but also demonstrated enhanced creativity following a simulated sarcastic conversation or after recalling a sarcastic exchange. Study 3 demonstrated that sarcasm's effect on creativity for both parties was mediated by abstract thinking and generalizes across different forms of sarcasm. Finally, Study 4 found when participants expressed sarcasm toward or received sarcasm from a trusted other, creativity increased but conflict did not. We discuss sarcasm as a double-edged sword: despite its role in instigating conflict, it can also be a catalyst for creativity.

    The smartest people are successful because they're sarcastic, researchers conclude.
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    Nov 02, 2015 9:23 PM GMT
    I have no idea what you're talking about.
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    Nov 02, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    Carrie Fisher cracks me up...



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    Nov 02, 2015 11:30 PM GMT
    I think people often confuse the lines between sarcasm and simply, being mean. You can be sarcastic without it resulting in conflict if your aim isn't an attempt to make someone else feel less than, in whatever capacity it may be.
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    Nov 02, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidCarrie Fisher cracks me up...






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    Nov 03, 2015 1:57 AM GMT
    theantijock saidI have no idea what you're talking about.


    I 2nd that comment.
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    Nov 03, 2015 5:36 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe Highest Form of Intelligence: Sarcasm Increases Creativity Through Abstract Thinking for Both Expressers and Recipients

    Oh, they claim that it's good for the recipient too. Jolly well. Carry on.

    Abstract

    Sarcasm is ubiquitous in organizations. Despite its prevalence, we know surprisingly little about the cognitive experiences of sarcastic expressers and recipients or their behavioral implications. The current research proposes and tests a novel theoretical model in which both the construction and interpretation of sarcasm lead to greater creativity because they activate abstract thinking. Studies 1 and 2 found that both sarcasm expressers and recipients reported more conflict but also demonstrated enhanced creativity following a simulated sarcastic conversation or after recalling a sarcastic exchange. Study 3 demonstrated that sarcasm's effect on creativity for both parties was mediated by abstract thinking and generalizes across different forms of sarcasm. Finally, Study 4 found when participants expressed sarcasm toward or received sarcasm from a trusted other, creativity increased but conflict did not. We discuss sarcasm as a double-edged sword: despite its role in instigating conflict, it can also be a catalyst for creativity.

    The smartest people are successful because they're sarcastic, researchers conclude.



    I can't believe that I actually agree with u on this!! lol
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    Nov 03, 2015 4:09 PM GMT
    It sounds like the matter of how well your brain processes double-bound messages.
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    Nov 03, 2015 6:00 PM GMT
    it's also the lowest form of social discourse :p
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    Nov 03, 2015 7:58 PM GMT
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    Despot saidI think people often confuse the lines between sarcasm and simply, being mean. You can be sarcastic without it resulting in conflict if your aim isn't an attempt to make someone else feel less than, in whatever capacity it may be.

    But even a kindness can be actually or perceived cruel. Picture a parent harping on their kid over whatever issue. The parent thinks they're teaching; the kid thinks they're torturing. The parent might be teaching or the parent might be on an ego trip.

    Also what's perceived as mean might have been meant as constructive. Just the other day in another thread some guy accused me of "making him feel bad" when all I'd done was--and knowing me, probably sarcastically--pointed out to him what he had done. Holding up a mirror is just that. The feeling that comes from seeing the reflection is not the fault of the mirror. Except of course when I'm having a bad hair day. And then it's entirely the mirror's fault.

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    theantijock saidI have no idea what you're talking about.


    I 2nd that comment.

    Fine.

    But I assume you have already referred to my licensing fee schedule. That wasn't sarcasm: I fully expect payment due.

    yyc_kiddo saidIt sounds like the matter of how well your brain processes double-bound messages.

    Yes and not just double but multitasked, many layered messages. And not just how well but that it does and for most without conflict (properly projected) and that the method facilitates those neurological connections in others as their minds seek to grasp also.

    I think of it as my subliminal I told you so, you just refused to hear me method of communicating what I figured you wouldn't want to hear but I wanted to say anyway.

    stratavos saidit's also the lowest form of social discourse :p

    Only if we've failed to have detected that we're talking to someone inflicted with severe autism.
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    Nov 04, 2015 12:55 AM GMT
    Pedantic!
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    Nov 04, 2015 1:32 AM GMT
    One of the best homegrown examples ever...

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    Nov 04, 2015 8:29 AM GMT
    Yes and not just double but multitasked, many layered messages. And not just how well but that it does and for most without conflict (properly projected) and that the method facilitates those neurological connections in others as their minds seek to grasp also.

    I think of it as my subliminal I told you so, you just refused to hear me method of communicating what I figured you wouldn't want to hear but I wanted to say anyway.

    stratavos said
    it's also the lowest form of social discourse :p


    Only if we've failed to have detected that we're talking to someone inflicted with severe autism.



    Unlike speaking, where pauses and intonation can be heard/interpreted, you might try punctuation to make yourself understood when you type. Commas, periods, dashes, full quotes, semi- or full-colons, all come together and make writing 'sound' like speaking. Without them those pesky run-on unpunctuated sentences just make you sound like a windbag see what I mean
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    Nov 04, 2015 12:20 PM GMT
    I thought the highest form of intelligence was still being searched for on other planets.
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    Nov 04, 2015 12:32 PM GMT

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    Nov 04, 2015 8:41 PM GMT
    Corrected:

    Sarcasm: The "Highest" Form of Intelligence

    You're welcome.
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    Nov 04, 2015 10:50 PM GMT
    I am pretty sure that they intended the title of the paper to be somewhat self-mocking.


    ...but then again, it's Harvard Business, so they might be Republicans and incapable of self-examination.
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    Nov 05, 2015 2:32 PM GMT
    But even if biz, it's still Harvard. So obviously they're aware of the mind meld.

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