And, I thought the Napa Valley Zodiac Killer was dangerous.
The questions will be:
- Is he Jewish?
- Will he have a psychiatric evaluation?
- Is this just a Halloween joke?
Sick jokes have a habit of springing up in the immediate aftermath of any catastrophe, and modern communications mean they are heard by more people and closer to the event than ever.
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Making light of terrible events can be an entirely understandable coping strategy as well as releasing tension, frustration, anger, and stress.
Observing that medical professionals and the police have always been known for their gallows humour, black comedy helps us make sense of occurrences that would otherwise be painful and upsetting.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos worries that sick humour's popularity is symptomatic of an unhealthy culture which has been desensitised to the suffering of others.
As the researchers write in their abstract, “relaxed social… laughter is associated with feelings of wellbeing and heightened affect, a proximate explanation for which might be the release of endorphins.” Endorphins are natural opiates released after strenuous exercise that also ”play a crucial role in the management of pain” by creating a “feeling of euphoric calm and well-being” — the oft-noted “runner’s high.”
Here We Go: (Lets have a little music while reading Kini's prediction)