Back in May, I had my Mental health Heroes cartoon-a-thon, and I filled my days with drawing some very amazing people/heroes! I had to put a few things on the “back-burners” for a while. This was one of the things I wanted to share, and it is something you can get in on, too. It’s the suicide prevention “Reasons to Call” photo campaign:
Whether you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend, or need emotional support, there are a million of reasons to call the Lifeline. We asked people to make a sign telling others why they should call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or why they have called themselves.
Message on Facebook. Write a note about why someone should call the hotline. I got to be a part of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ’1-800-273-TALK (8255), and they posted my photo on their page.
This is now one of my favorite cartoons I’ve drawn! Yes, it’s a “Jeux de mots” (French for “play on words”). I wish I could see your reaction, so I can gauge your social cues on how you like the cartoon. If it’s a puzzled facial reaction, then your social cue would tell me you don’t get the joke. Rolling your eyes would indicate to me you think the gag is too simplistic. If that is the case, you may want to read over my last post (Superiority Theory).
There are a few play-on-words within the cartoon, including references to pool and billiard cues. Players and Mcdermott are two of the best pool cues manufactured, so is Cuetec. People who play pool might pick up on this joke.
Yes, there is a term for this kind of humor. It’s called Superiority Theory, and it’s when you take pleasure and mirth in the demise of others. In short, it’s the type of jokes that make others the butt of the humor, by teasing, by making fun of, and/or bullying.
It can all fall under this type of “foul play.” (Did you catch that idiom…Oh, you didn’t? Then you must be an idiot…) THAT is an example of superiority theory humor!
Mop: Ever stop to think of the pain we cause people??? I think we cause more messes then we clean up…
Bucket: Sure, but there is nothing funnier than watching people slip and fall! That is why YouTube exists…
Caption: Questioning the Superiority Theory in Humor
I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Summer Beretsky for taking the time and effort to make four awesome video blog posts (vlogs) at Psych Central’s World of Psychology for the May’s 2012 Mental Health Heroes!
I have already heard back from the heroes you reviewed, Summer, and they were thrilled to be included in the unique videos. I was very impressed by the professionalism conveyed in your videos. Something I could never have done. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!