Problem

Mockery

Other Names:
Mocking the disadvantaged
Laughing at different people
Nature:

Mockery or mocking is the act of insulting or making light of a person or other thing, sometimes merely by taunting, but often by making a caricature, purporting to engage in imitation in a way that highlights unflattering characteristics. Mockery can be done in a lighthearted and gentle way, but can also be cruel and hateful, such that it "conjures images of corrosion, deliberate degradation, even subversion; thus, 'to laugh at in contempt, to make sport of' (OED)". Mockery appears to be unique to humans, and serves a number of psychological functions, such as reducing the perceived imbalance of power between authority figures and common people. Examples of mockery can be found in literature and the arts.

Related Problems:
Ridicule
Aggravates:
Humiliation
Problem Type:
J: Problems Under Consideration
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Date of last update
21.10.2019 – 17:47 CEST