Many people claim that Aspies do not have a sense of humour. NOT TRUE!!!
We certainly do enjoy humour. Some of us naturally find some things funny, others need to learn the rules of humour – but we certainly enjoy it.
In my never-humble opinion, teaching kids with Aspergers the rules of humour may be helpful with overall social skill development. I have done this, and seen the improvement in their ability to interact with their peers and the resultant increased comfort level with themselves.
Here is how I might go about ‘explaining humour’:
There are several things that constitute ‘humour’ and different people will find different things funny – so there is no need to feel bad when you understand a joke, without thinking it is funny. Some people think that anything to do with bodily functions is funny – and they will laugh when someone farts, or of they burp. Other people think this is gross and not at all funny. So, it is normal that not everyone finds every joke funny.
Many poeple laugh when they find themselves in situations which either do not go as expected, or when some danger is lifted. This is done to release tension which people experience in such situations, and which is unpleasant. It demonstrates to others that either the danger has passed, or that even though things are unexpected, the new course of actions is acceptable.
Perhaps that is why so many jokes are ‘funny’ because of an ‘unexpected’ or surprising ending. It might even tie in with why ‘strange’ or ‘different’ or ‘unexpected’ is sometimes called ‘funny – but not as in ha-ha’. Puns are an excellent example: the correct (or correctly sounding) word is used, but in with an unexpected meaning.
It is not easy for Aspie kids that many cartoons rely on facial expressions to convey humour. That is why I was so entertained when I came across this (not aimed at kids) comic, XKCD. To me, it screams ‘Aspie Humour’!
And since along with a sense of humour, many people incorrectly describe Aspies as lacking feelings or empathy, I have selected, for your viewing pleasure, these few XKCD comics:
We like to spend time with our loved ones.
Passion reaches new levels for us!
Of course, we may have a hard time remembering names…. Nothing personal!
Yet, we can be very particular in whom we select as potential mates:
Personally, I could not date someone who did not thing ‘Ender’s Shadow’ was the best book in this series. Ok, if he were cute, I might settle for ‘Shadow of the Hegemon’. But ‘Xenocide’??? Really!
And ‘pillow talk’ is much easier if both of you are Aspies….
And many of us fully appreciate the advantages of online interactions with others (my husband claims this ‘has to be’ taken from one of my online comments….):
Here is a good example of how not everyone ‘gets’ every joke. For example, in the following one, I do not understand why the characters are implying this practice is unusual. Surely, it is the norm! (See my posts on Old Men in the Bible)
But we all enjoy good quality entertainment! (And no, this is NOT just a cheap ploy to get ‘Papyrus font’ onto my blog! Though, who could resist the allures or ‘Papyrus Font’??? It’s even better intelic…)
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