Lucy Arendt: Dark Humor Is All Good. Really

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Dark humor helps us cope with all the terrible things in our lives. For some people, the darker the humor, the better.

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Humor is a multifaceted phenomenon. It helps us to be happy, to be creative, to understand our world, to get along with others, and to deal with negative events and thoughts. Without humor, most people would agree that life would be less fulfilling. Without dark humor, specifically, negative events and thoughts might be paralyzing. This talk will highlight the value of dark humor and the circumstances under which it is both appropriate and necessary.

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