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    Is sarcasm without knowledge and intention possible?

    Sarcasm is a part of our daily life and it is fine till the time the intention is mere fun. But it sometimes takes an ugly form hurting people against whom it is targetted. Most of the time perpetrators of sarcasm know what they are doing but they often act that as if they don't realize what their pun meant. And there will also be instances where they think that others cannot understand the underlying sarcasm behind their words or acts.
    Is it possible for a person to be sarcastic and not being aware of that habit? Or is it just a mask which they wear to complete their objective of taunting others as well staying aloof of its blame.
  • #655135
    While making any sarcastic remark, people should be aware of not hurting others' feelings. But, at times it is impossible and that's why it is sarcasm. When somebody doesn't like a particular situation but say just the opposite by mentioning 'what a wonderful situation', it may have two effects. The other person who has made the situation different may feel bad by thinking that he is responsible for his displeasure or he may just ignore it by thinking that at times things can go in a different way.

    It absolutely depends on the other person how she/he takes this sarcasm. It may certainly happen that a person has the habit of making sarcastic remarks all the time. If it's a habit, then the person may unknowingly say it without thinking of the consequences. But it is always better not to bother much about those sarcastic remarks.

    Sankalan

    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #655147
    A remark may be unintentionally sarcastic at times but most of the time sarcasm is intentional and is made with the knowledge that it is sarcastic. Sarcasm is generally defined as saying something intending to bring in an opposite meaning with the knowledge that such a remark might hurt the other person. In other words, as the author has said, it is a mask used by some when they want to convey their mind in an indirect manner; something like coating a chilly with sugar.

    Sarcasm may be fun if the intention of the user is to make a situation light but it is not so when someone does it with an intention to convey his displeasure or disagreement in such a way that the person at whom it is intended feels bad. There is a difference between a sarcastic remark that is made in a general context and a jibe that is intentional. And most of the time the consequences or results of such remarks are expected by the person who makes it.

    What Sankalan has stated about the way the other person takes it may be correct partially but I don't think it will be so when a person is considered to be habitually sarcastic. Sarcasm, when repeated, is a reflection of the general attitude of a person. It is a tool used by some when they don't want to be open and direct with what they want to convey.

    'Any fool can know. The point is to understand."- Albert Einstein

  • #655148
    We react to the individual opinions on the basis of the type of mood that we are keeping-up with & therefore in accordance to that the sarcasm could be acceptable to the person on the other side. Sometimes we are friendly than this gives us the lighter moments but on the other hand if the same is released with the different perspective than whole scenario would be upside down with some unexpected emotions on the either ends which may not prove favorable in the long run. As per me, the presence of mind would be the precious resource for these occasions that your wishes gets fulfilled but at the same time relations don't get sore.

  • #655153
    A very interesting thread by author examining the dimensions of sarcasm made by people on others.

    Sarcasm is generally intentional and many times it is well planed and enough home work is done by the person who makes it. The reasons for making sarcasm are many but the most common and universal is the outburst of the feelings of a person for the one on which he is making that sarcasm.

    Sometimes we can not tolerate the success and honour received by a person, sometimes we simply envy them, sometimes we feel that they are our competitors and if they are doing better we lose our chance and things like that, all these situations and feelings generate sarcasm.

    It is a bad trait but it is an inherent attribute in human behaviour. There is no escaping from it but we can reduce its effect by ignoring it.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #655179
    Sarcastic remarks by people will be heard often these days. When somebody is not able to convey their views directly they try to express these views sarcastically. Another type of people who are jealous of other person's success may pass sarcastic comments. They appear as if they are praising the person for his success. But if you see the inner meaning it may convey a different meaning.
    Once in a while, if we hear this type of remarks we may ignore. But if somebody is always using the same language always we can't accept them. We may also react with a sarcastic remark.
    In the organisation when one person is excelling in his work and trying to go up on the ladder, the competitors within the organisation may not like this and they may not be able to exceed him, they resort to this type of remarks. A real hard worker will ignore and mind his business.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #655195
    People make remarks and sarcasm very carelessly and do not bother for the effect on the aggrieved person.

    Why people do it can be explained with the psychology of human behaviour in taking pride in making fun of others.

    This is a behavioural pattern having different levels in different people.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #655215
    Very good thread by the author and the valuable illustration by the members stating the different aspect of the sarcastic behavior. I can say it is a personality trait. It totally depends on the users of this personality trait. Some make a sarcastic comment to make fun and make other laughs. We can find may stand up comedian who make use of this trait efficiently. But as an author out a different angle of making willful sarcasm to make somebody feel bad or hurt their feelings. It is most common that people use sarcasm to indirect ugly comment. They might feel happy with such behavior. Such people master in criticizing and on the ground they have nothing to count any successful story for themselves.
    Prasanna
    Well done is better than well said


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