The comedian Volodymyr Selenski has achieved in the presidential elections, the strongest result. He is now an incumbent, Petro Poroshenko in the run-off election on may 21. April. He is not the first comedian, who is succeeding in politics. Professor Willibald Ruch was two-Time President of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) and co-editor of the journal Humor. A conversation about why fun-makers suddenly have chances to get the leadership transferred, and the amazing Power of the joke.
SZ: Mr Ruch, as it is to explain that there are comedians falls so easily, to mobilize voters to the masses?
Willibald Ruch: A political scientist could answer this question. If I put myself in the position of the voters, there is a simple explanation: small we are taught that we should take policy seriously, that these people provide for us. Now you see, the longer you live, how often the policy is failing, our confidence decreases rapidly. And then it comes to such phenomena. As far as I know, has Selenski played already in a comic series of a President.
Why we don't trust the change, but now, of all things, with someone you're not actually serious, because he takes the important things seriously?
Since there are so many historical precursors. The court jester had the opportunity to say things that dared to else to say, no one. And what are you going to do otherwise than Protest? You can not go to choose. Or you can choose a comedian and this show: Even a fool I trust more than all the politicians.
A fool who dares to challenge the Ruling with his jokes out of the question.
Probably. Comedian, go into politics, of course, have learned that you can Express truths and can attack through Humor. Also that one has a certain level of protection, if you talk to Uncomfortable in comic Form.
you once said that you can sell with a sense of Humor all the much better, you can even keep to better Talk and better advertising. Why is this so?
Humor indicated a positive feeling. People open up when they laugh. You can find the idea, makes a joke, be original. If someone tells me the same thing in a rant, I would let me. If one combines content with Comedy, the likelihood is greater that this content enters unfiltered into the Psyche. Maybe it's because what you hear is surprising. In the case of things which has been a thousand times discussed, it is always equal to a thousand arguments against it. Humor has a big power of Persuasion, just because he moves outside of logic and reason.
What make people Laugh not because of what others can?
Well, why Freiherr von Knigge has advised the women they should not laugh, but smile? Because you have to show otherwise that they are easy to. If I manage to make others Laugh, I did. maybe not in control of you, but I have an open flight path to your Inner
the one who makes the joke, which Makes – at least for a Moment?
you can say that He has managed to bring an idea forward, to be unfiltered, and without someone to stop. After the Laugh you could say something about it, but then has already been pronounced something that has shown to the people effect!
I find it problematic, if Trump is known as a humorous.
The Power has, someone, because he is faster than the other and the facts pointedly can lift to another level? to have
joke, is a sign of mental Fitness, I see relationships that others do not see or have not seen. It proves that I'm ahead of the people, one track, the other must decode, what I have realized. You can then protest. But the foot is already in the open door of your Inner. The thing is said, and in the world.
the Laughing Is a Form of submission to the one who makes the joke?
There were behavioral biologists, the show wanted the Grin or the Smile of chimpanzee in a gesture of Submission and the Laugh is a game signal. In humans, it is assumed that the Laughter and Smile have the same function and pleasure, or Amusement signal. There are, however, a Smile or Grimacing – in fear and that is a gesture more of an Appeasement.
The Laughter as a sign of recognition, because someone is expressing something pointed, as I can?
Laughter is rather an expression of approval. I don't object. I allow the others to play with me. When unknown people meet, then you can say on the basis of the frequency of laughter during the meeting, in advance, whether you will meet again later on a Date or not. When asked afterwards, is there a connection between the frequency of the laughter of the woman and the willingness to meet again with the man. That was the significant result of a study.
So the cliché is true: The man must bring the woman to Laugh?
Humor has at least two functions: It triggers positive feelings, because he allows you to Laugh. And it affects relationships. People with a sense of Humor often have a more intimate or better relationships. They are liked more, have more friends. Humor is one of the most important factors in the growing together of people.
When applying this to the comedian, the voters simply because you have often laughed at their jokes, a good relationship with this people ..
. Exactly. The comes also, therefore, is that jokes often have a message. And I agree with this message or not. You carry always of a certain quality, or evaluation of people and situations. If I am not in favour of this assessment is receptive, then I'm not going to make my Laugh my voice at the ballot box. If I agree, but with my Laugh, I contribute to the intensification of the relationship. to laugh
About the same jokes, it also means Unity in the views?
jokes have a lot to do with attitude. We have found that conservatism is the best basis to like simple jokes. There is a theory that States, the function of jokes is to make a Test to find out: we Belong to the same stock or not. When I tell people in America, a Trump joke, then I signal, where I am, and that laugh, are on my side.
Is it not still amazing that people that make jokes, and is considered to have the leadership of a country?
It is especially dangerous if you look at the Form in which demagogues Humor. By making geek fun. That's why I find it problematic, if Trump is known as a humorous. He only makes jokes about minorities, in order to close them down. But through the Laughter, I show my loyalty, and I share his views. This is actually a phenomenon between leaders and Led. (Editorial Tamedia)
Created: 20.04.2019, 16:11 PM