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Chapter 2. Self-Confidence and the Abili... > How Self-Depreciation Works

How Self-Depreciation Works

When you tell a story that pokes fun at yourself gently, it acts as a social lubricant that says, “Hey, this person is a human being. Someone is at ease with life, and we can feel the same way.”

We are afraid of those without humor. The teller of a joke on oneself, is saying that “I realize there have been mistakes; they are real but not as important as some people would make them.” It shows a basic understanding of limits. Self-depreciation in essence, is taking things seriously enough to joke about them. The laughter of others springs from the appreciation of that acknowledgement about any “critical” issue is often exaggerated.


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