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Worried That People Are Laughing at You?
30 июля 2013

Worried That People Are Laughing at You?

Worried That People Are Laughing at You?
This is the VOA Special English Health Report , from voaspecialenglish.com | facebook.com/voalearningenglish Imagine this situation. You pass a group of people. The people are talking to each other. You cannot hear what they are saying. But suddenly they start laughing. What would you think? Would you think they were laughing at something funny that one of them said? Or -- be honest with yourself -- would you think they were laughing at you? Yes, you.Being laughed at is a common fear. But a major study published in two thousand nine found that this fear is not the same around the world. It differs from culture to culture. People in Finland were the least likely to believe that people laughing in their presence were making fun of them. Less than ten percent of Finns in the study said they would think that way, compared to eighty percent of people in Thailand. Some people in the study said they felt unsure of themselves in social situations but hid their feelings of insecurity. Others said they avoided social situations where they had been laughed at before.The study found that people in Turkmenistan and Cambodia were more likely to be in the first group. They would hide their feelings of insecurity if they were around other people's laughter. But people in Iraq, Egypt and Jordan were more likely to try to avoid such situations if they felt they had been laughed at before.Shy people often avoid situations that would force them into close contact with other people. They worry that something they say or do will make other people laugh at them. But some people worry much more than others. They may have a disorder called gelotophobia. Gelos is a Greek word. It means laughter. Phobia means fear. This fear of laughter can be truly sad for those who live with it. It can affect how they lead their lives. In the study, a team from the University of Zurich led more than ninety researchers from around the world. They wanted to understand the difference between normal shyness and true gelotophobia. Another purpose of the study was to compare the levels of fear of being laughed at in different cultures. The researchers surveyed more than twenty-two thousand people in forty-two different languages. The findings appeared in the scientific journal Humor. For VOA Special English, I'm Carolyn Presutti. Is shyness a serious problem for you or someone you know? It was for a university student who asked people in our audience for advice on how to deal with it. You can find out what they said at voaspecialenglish.com. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 09May2012)
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#1 написал: Nam Nguyen (1 августа 2013 13:31)
She doesn't have to talk this slow. I think ESL teachers need? to talk at normal rate, so English learners can get used to the way Americans normally talk.
#2 написал: oso arigant (1 августа 2013 13:31)
me too!!?
#3 написал: Вероника Дарнова (1 августа 2013 13:31)
I? 'm very shy!
#4 написал: Phuoc Doan Ba (1 августа 2013 13:31)
It's? so great ! I love VOA special English
#5 написал: D??ng Nguy?n Th? (1 августа 2013 13:31)
#6 написал: Winai Nathasri (1 августа 2013 13:31)
I love this? program.
#7 написал: Winai Nathasri (1 августа 2013 13:31)
I think this program is really nice. I'm not native speaker so It's very hard for me to learn English because of shyness. However I have found out the ways to learn such as seeing movie, listening song, reading as well as talking with mirror. And I think those not good enough until I saw VOA at the first time this is very useful to learn English and thank? you for your program.
#8 написал: Q9406 (1 августа 2013 13:31)
That's so slow ? and i'm not native speaker I love this way she reported
#9 написал: lovejoyceful (1 августа 2013 13:31)
love you so? much
#10 написал: Moogle Stiltzkin (1 августа 2013 13:31)
my first reaction when people laugh in a group is to think it some how is aimed at me. Even for those that i know? aren't still sends chills down my spine. Do i qualify for gelotophobia ?
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