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What ever happened to laughing at yourself
September 28, 2004
11:33 am
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Ok. I have always been and always will be excessively analytical. But on the other hand I laugh at myself constantly because I know first and foremost how much of an idiot I am on a regular basis. I think I have foot-in-mouth disease. Whatever pops into my head comes out, offending people willy-nilly. But since I never really intend to offend them, it doesn't come off as an overt insult.

So instead they do this thing where they get defensive but try to play it off like they aren't being defensive, but you can't HIDE being defensive so it all just ends up looking insufferably boorish and snooty.

People seem to take themselves so seriously today. All these crazy lawsuits, like this lady who sued her work because she slipped and fell on her butt. This insane woman who lives down the street from me and complains whenever I don't mow my lawn fast enough for her. Road rage.

Everyone takes themselves so seriously. As if life isn't entirely absurd in every way!

September 28, 2004
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So Cici, share your secret to taking yourself lightly.... I would love to learn to laugh heartily instead of being overly sensitive.

September 28, 2004
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Oh Twinks, you have me giggling but for a different reason....I would have died of embarrassment. I giggle when I am nervous.

September 29, 2004
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twinks I'm rollin here. God that was funny as hell.!!!

I so know what you are all talking about. I have this strangely skewed ( right spellin) sense of humor. Intelligent? I thin so. Funny? To me yea!! LOL

My mom and I can get together and be laughing hysterically at the stupidest things and we look at each other to say, nobody else would get this!! What to do? Keep lovin yourself and don't give a flyin fig about any of it. Laughing is some of the best medicine there is so keep on!!

September 30, 2004
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I make fun of myself. I don't laugh all the time. But does that count?

September 30, 2004
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My best tactic? Jeez I dunno, I see myself almost like in third person and everything becomes this "Fawlty Towers"-like farce.

I am Basil Fawlty. I have hissy fits about stpid things and by the end of each episode I am jumping up and down like an ape.

I've always laughed at myself though. Better than crying.

September 30, 2004
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silence, making fun of yourself...not sure if that counts. Insecurity?...maybe

What do you think?

September 30, 2004
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Making fun of yourself is okay so long as you're still laughing! There's a little cruelty in a lot of humor, especially when we take a jab at ourselves. Sometimes we feel more free to do that because there's less guilt involved!

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