“This is a blog post? I never would’ve guessed!”
“with such humane achievements as sentencing a youth to have his hands cut off, his tongue torn out with pincers, and his body burned alive,”
-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
It may have been used by Charles Dickens to avoid risking his life and get his ideas understood by the people, but people continue to use it today. As it turns out, most of the time people use sarcasm for that purpose, avoiding trouble while getting a point across. What many people don’t know however is that sarcasm is good for the brain. Sarcasm often enhances one’s ability to problem solve, and demonstrates this ability to others, whether someone is giving or receiving sarcasm. Sarcasm often appears very hurtful, perhaps because it seems as if it is an insult to one’s intelligence. Sarcasm requires multiple areas of the brain to be understood or created (see above picture). A healthy dose of sarcasm is useful. Too much can be harmful to one’s social relations.