I read somewhere that the frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for humour. The frontal lobe is also the emotional centre, it seems. Of course, the working of the brain is not as simple as that, and what we are is a mind-boggling interplay among various sections firing. Nevertheless, there must be some more significant connection between fear/worry and humour. I notice that my sense of humour goes for a toss every time I am worried about something. Like now. This is bad because I don’t think any of us can survive any adversity without a sense of humour.
I think JKR was talking about this when she developed the concept of dementors – that their presence would make you feel like you can never be happy again. By “be happy”, I think she meant laugh. I have been reading posts by really funny people lately, and they are at their funniest best, but I don’t feel that loosening of the jaw muscles that I usually feel when I read them. For me, this is very important – being able to laugh at myself is my best defence mechanism and when I can’t do it, I spiral into greater and greater depths of negative thinking.
I don’t think I am a pioneer in this thought as well – thousands of years ago, our philosopher poet Valluvar said something to the effect of laugh-when-things-are-screwed-up. Right now I feel like bonking the fellow in his head.
Wonder what my patronus is.