I believe Sarcasm is now a global tongue, which is common to every language.
Sarcasm is also argued to be more sophisticated than lying because lying is expressed as early as the age of 3 years, but sarcastic expressions take place much later during development.
For those who do not practice it:
Sarcasm is a tongue of which the user speaks of something the complete opposite of what the user means. It often has the best comedic value.
Irony, when used for purposes of humor, is gentle.
But, sarcasm is always merciless and satirical.
- Please keep talking. I always yawn when I'm interested.
- Are you always this stupid or are you making a special effort today.
- I like you. People say I've got no taste, but I like you.
I'm a user as well as victim of it.
I believe it to be most difficult tongue, which requires second-order interpretation of the user's intentions.
Different parts of the brain must work together to understand sarcasm.
This understanding can be lacking in some people with certain forms of brain damage, dementia and autism (although not always).
How sarcasm can be damaging you?
Although an occasional sarcastic remark may seem harmless, but sarcasm is hurtful to others.
These sharp, cutting remarks are given with the intent to wound or embarrass.
Rightly said, Humor comes at the expense of someone else.
The receiver of the communication is always the determinant as to whether it crosses the line. It is out of the control of the user.
At the very least, it has got tremendous potential to be misunderstood since there is always a 'hidden message' involved.
Few ideas to help break free from the bad habit of sarcasm:
- Think before you speak.
- Keep a mental or written list of the reactions and consequences you notice.
- The awarness alone will be a powerful motivator to change your own behaviour.
I don’t want to sugarcoat it; sarcastic speech is a very difficult habit to break once it has become a part of your communication style.
And it’s especially tough if the people around you thrive on the temptation of ‘one-upping’ each other when it comes to sarcastic comments.
The truth is sarcasm breeds sarcasm.