When Humor Humiliates

When Humor Humiliates

For gelotophobes, even good-natured laughter can sound a lot like ridicule

By Susan Gaidos, 08:38 AM July 16, 2009

It started as a quiet dinner conversation, punctuated with laughter. Soon, the rapid-fire “ha-ha-has” took on the tone of gunfire. Convinced it was directed at him, the young man got up to confront the noisy diners.

Naturally, the guests at the next table had no idea what the problem was. They were simply enjoying themselves and … laughing. Embarrassed by his outburst, the young man left the restaurant and never returned.

By most accounts, laughter is good medicine, the best even. But for some...

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