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Dear Poll: Are You a Nervous Laugher?

I have a very loud laugh that some say is contagious, so I guess I should feel lucky that I'm not a nervous laugher. When I say nervous laughter, I mean someone that giggles when they're uncomfortable, sad, or even angry — like at a funeral or when they are put on the spot at work. So what category do you fall in? Are you a nervous laugher or do you save your giggles for something that's actually funny?

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vanny-lou vanny-lou 8 years
I AM A NERVOUS LAUGHER ,I LAUGH AT FUNERALS ,CAN NOT STOP,AND I DEFINATELY CAN NOT CONTROL IT.IT IS VERY EMBARASSSING,I FEEL LIKE IT IS A DISEASE OF SOME SORT,THANK GOD MY FAMILY REALIZES THAT I CANT HELP IT.I WONDER IF IT IS A FORM OF TERETS SYNDROME.
vanny-lou vanny-lou 8 years
I AM A NERVOUS LAUGHER ,I LAUGH AT FUNERALS ,CAN NOT STOP,AND I DEFINATELY CAN NOT CONTROL IT.IT IS VERY EMBARASSSING,I FEEL LIKE IT IS A DISEASE OF SOME SORT,THANK GOD MY FAMILY REALIZES THAT I CANT HELP IT.I WONDER IF IT IS A FORM OF TERETS SYNDROME.
vanny-lou vanny-lou 8 years
I AM A NERVOUS LAUGHER ,I LAUGH AT FUNERALS ,CAN NOT STOP,AND I DEFINATELY CAN NOT CONTROL IT.IT IS VERY EMBARASSSING,I FEEL LIKE IT IS A DISEASE OF SOME SORT,THANK GOD MY FAMILY REALIZES THAT I CANT HELP IT.I WONDER IF IT IS A FORM OF TERETS SYNDROME.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
The only time I am a nervous laugher is in the cinema when watching a scary movie. I think I start giggling just to break the tension, plus I've become a screamer as I've gotten older. Actually often me screaming will frighten people more than what's happening on screen!
sarahcateh sarahcateh 8 years
I nervous laugh in really bad situations. When I was younger, my best friend broke her arm and I just started laughing because I was so scared. She didn't talk to me for a week!
vmruby vmruby 8 years
No, not unless something's funny......... but I had a friend who used to get hysterical laughing whenever someone fell, even if the person wound up getting hurt.It used to get me nuts until i realized that she couldn't control it.She's received an awful lot of go to hell looks through the years because of it.
ms_dior_cherie ms_dior_cherie 8 years
I laugh at everything, I can't help it. Funny or sad, I always giggle.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
I also make jokes an inappropriate moments when I'm nervous or don't know what to do, like if someone is upset.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
Yeah, in high school I would have to hide my laughter when they'd do a moment of silence when someone died. I couldn't help it. It wasn't that I thought it was funny AT ALL...I was just uncomfortable, and then my mind would start wandering, thinking about what other people were thinkning about. I also laugh when anybody falls, even if I am really concerned if they're hurt. AND...I also laugh randomly when I think about funny things in the past or something I heard a few days ago. It freaks people out that all of a sudden I'll be crying laughing. I can't help it!
spitfire2 spitfire2 8 years
I know it's horrible, but when I was younger I couldn't stop laughing at funerals. It wasn't a funny laugh, it was def a nervous laugh. As I grew older I have learned to control it and it's not a problem anymore.
Random2 Random2 8 years
I'm a nervous laugher, but I'll fall into that habit when something stressful is happening, like when my friend and I were having car troubles 3 hours from home,but I'm trying to control it because while it might help me, it only makes the people around me more upset.
Green Green 8 years
it's tough to get me to laugh, I am generally a very serious person and I don't laugh at things that are immature or just senseless.
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 8 years
I laugh ALL the time. While obviously there are inappropriate times to be laughing (and I can only remember one such occasion when I got the giggles and it was because I was very young and didn't know how to understand what was going on), I tend not to take everything in life too seriously. I love that I am able to laugh at myself and learn from my mistakes and move on instead of crying and dwelling on it and thinking I'm not "good enough". :)
alphaxigirl07 alphaxigirl07 8 years
usually, no, but sometimes, yes. like someone else said, sometimes i do so someone doesn't get embarrassed (especially if i don't know the person that well) and i also laugh when i get really frustrated and can't do something or figure something out. i can be crying and laughing at the same time at that point! haha :)
alisaa alisaa 8 years
i definitely am, i always laugh when i shouldnt.
huey4prez huey4prez 8 years
Yep!! I laugh at everything, bad, good, sad... But hey they say laughing is more beneficial than crying so I'm good. =) I'm also one of those people that will bust out laughing at something that happened a long time ago.. (I'm am a proud recipient of many WTF? looks =)
Jacinthe Jacinthe 8 years
Definitely a nervous laugher. I can be in the midst of a panic attack and start laughing, it's rediculous.
Meike Meike 8 years
Sometimes, if I'm uncomfortable with another person, I laugh to ease the tension.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I laugh a lot because I'm easily amused. One thing I hate is when people laugh incessantly at their own jokes. It's always when the jokes aren't funny in the first place.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I laugh at the most inappropriate times, too. It's maddening! Once, when my son was about 1 1/2, the doctor had to strap him in this horrible clear plastic Hannibal Lecter contraption to keep him still enough to get a good chest x-ray. He was terrified and crying and yelling for me, and I couldn't stop giggling! And crying! I felt so helpless and I was truly incapable of putting a stop to it. I didn't think there was anything funny about it! I have no idea what that's all about. But, I'm pretty sure the x-ray technician wanted to kick me. Hell, *I* wanted to kick me.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
My cousin and I call it 'Inappropriate Laughter Syndrome' and have decided it's genetic. Once a friend of mine almost fell on the sidewalk and I couldn't stop laughing. Even like 10 minutes later when I was trying to apologize for laughing. Once I get the giggles I can't stop.
amh678 amh678 8 years
I'm a nervous laugher! My mom teases me about it. I think I got it from her, actually!
alex1984 alex1984 8 years
I laugh when I get really bad news, I try to stop, but when I should start crying i tend to get a big stupid grin on my face, I have discovered though, that if i bite by cheek really hard this tends to stop...so weird, i wonder what causes laughing at inappropriate times?
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
OMG! I laugh at the most inappropriate times!
mnp mnp 8 years
I laugh when I'm angry. Schizo, huh? But at the same time, it helps me and whoever it was I was arguing get over the argument faster.
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