Laughter is the Best Medicine

3 usos práticos para o humor: Murilo Gun at TEDxJardins

Translator: Mayara Fortin
Reviewer: Denise RQ I work with comedy, I am a comedian, but I don’t want to talk about
the comedy I make I want to talk about comedy’s
practical use in daily life for those who do not work with it. Anyone can make use of humor
in their daily routine, for practical ends. First: how good humor is an important tool in changing behavior. I see that people always believe
that in order to change their behavior, there has to be pressure, some punishment
has to be in play, some penalty they don’t do that, be penalized;
or will earn some money. And many times, you manage to
make people change their behavior just by adding a smile, a fun touch, a touch of it is cooler to do it this way
because it is fun to do it this way. And you don’t need to always
make money relate to the story, right? There is an event in which, instead of giving traffic tickets
to people that ran a red light, everyone who ran a green light
had their license plate stored, and then was in a raffle
at the end of the day. So, instead of punishing who did wrong, why not favor who did right? So, this is the first thing
I wanted to talk about, good humor as a tool
for changing behavior. This can be applied in larger scales, as in a City Hall scale,
a Government scale, a company scale, as well as
inside your house, with your kids. The second thing is based
on my work from 2011, “internship interview”. It was a video I made,
in which I played an intern, a stereotyped intern
on a pejorative side, meaning that intern who only does
stupid things, does it all wrong, who pretends to be doing something
so no one asks him to do anything, because they think they are
doing something, get it? The HRs, teachers and consultants, started using this video
as an educational tool, because through comedy,
it talks about what not to do, but as a consequence sends
the message of what to do: “Do the opposite of what I am doing”;
this is the message. This actually fits to talk
about the second thing, which is humor as a tool
to deliver contents, as the contents gets
a lot more interesting when you add a smile to the story. I now see this buzz
about the Generation Y, which is a generation
that doesn’t pay attention to anything, lacks focus, is hard to deal with,
doesn’t let go of their phones. They keep criticizing the young,
and I always think: do they really lack focus,
or is the information really boring? Hasn’t the world changed
and you just keep passing on knowledge, passing on information,
in such a boring way that, the young changed
and can’t take it anymore? They are not the ones who have to change;
they are the future, you are the past. You handle them
the knowledge the wrong way. You have to adapt to this youth, not want to change all of them
from a new generation, got it? They have more technology,
more issues with focus, but if you give them information
in a interesting way, it doesn’t have to be comic,
incredibly funny, it only needs to be more interesting,
to cause them to smirk. I also haven’t invented this, obviously. Actually, everyone has had
a teacher who had a great class. This is Pachecão,
one of the most famous in Brasil. He gives a lot of talks. Everyone’s had that teacher
who played music, made jokes, who made some interesting
analogies and all. As a comedian, in the world of comedy,
we use humor as the end. Humour is, in the end,
what we give to people. If you stop to think of it, for a professor, like Pachecão,
who teaches an interesting class, who works with education,
the ends are the information. He has to pass on information,
but he makes use of humour as the means. This made me have an insight, like, “Well, why am I using humor as the end? Wouldn’t it be more logical
to use humor as the means, to use my humoristic skills
to deliver relevant knowledge? This is the second thing, humor
as a way of delivering information. The third thing is a fairly recent one … early this year, I put together a class
on creativity when solving problems. I’ve decided to apply everything
I’d been studying on creativity for solving problems in a creative way. In this course I talk about
divergent thinking, about many techniques, brainstorming
and, within brainstorming, there is a tiny thing, a hint,
I give, as the following: before starting brainstorming, ask, “What is the worst possible
solution for this problem?” Every brainstorming
aims to solve an issue. The big problem I see with brainstorming is that first: people are afraid of
exposing themselves, of talking shit. Then, people judge their solution
first on their minds, and, if they think it is good, they talk;
they judge first and talk after; and this prejudgement is totally opposed to the purpose of a brainstorming. The brainstorming is a moment
without judgements. It is a moment for divergent thinking,
not for convergent thinking. To solve this issue of fear of exposure, I always suggest this,
and it works a lot: start thinking of the worst
possible solution; why? When people start overthinking
the worst possible solution, the most stupid idea,
what happens in the room? First, it relaxes the atmosphere,
obviously, there is some laughter, people laugh about
the stupid solution and all, and there’s a fight on
who says the silliest thing. Secondly, it levels down
the ideas, meaning, you take your solutions to such a low level
that when the moment comes, it will improbable that you
give a solution worse than the other. Then, you are not ashamed of
presenting solutions anymore, because the worst ones
have already been given. You get much more opened in not
judging your mind and exposing yourself. Secondly, it allows you to go far,
let your imagination go wild as we say it. Because when people will solve
brainstorming issues, they always have a creative block, and when you say that it is the worst
possible solution, people go so wild, and this wild, in the moment of truth,
works many times because from this wild, you bring a little bit to reality
and end up getting to a viable solution. Then you went far, got the audio issue off
the way and maybe created the solution, no one would have thought off
if there was no freedom to go wild. So, this is one example … whenever
I propose this in a brainstorming session, do you know what happens then? Everyone in there becomes a Brighella. Everyone becomes the one
to solve things in a creative way. Everyone starts thinking of solutions
that the Brighella would think of. Some a bit bad, some on the good side, some more viable, some too crazy, but everyone becomes
a Brighella at this point. And what was the Brighella? He was the stereotype of comedy,
whose main trait was, precisely, being malicious; he would
always solve problems in a creative way. OK, so this is the third thing: humor as tool for unblocking creativity, in order to eliminate
those paradigms that block us. This was also not invented by me. Long ago, in the court, the king had
one know man that everyone has heard of: the jester, whose purpose was
not to make jokes, as everyone thinks. The purpose of the jester
was to make the king take different paths for solving problems. He was the only man authorized
to question the king, to criticize the king, and no one cared, cause he was the jester, he only said
foolish things, he was the Brighella. Actually, he was the Harlequin, another
archetype, with a touch of Brighella. Then the jester had the purpose
of making the king go outside the box, and think of different solutions,
and everyone thought, “Oh, this man is so funny!”
and the king, “OK, I got the message.” So, the jester had
a strategic purpose in the court. The message I want to pass is: use comedy as a tool
for changing behavior, passing on information
and unblocking creativity. And, most importantly, try to incorporate
the Brighella in your lives. Thank you very much. (Applause)

28 thoughts on “3 usos práticos para o humor: Murilo Gun at TEDxJardins

  1. Parabéns pela iniciativa de ser livre (a partir do convite), Murilo Gun. Podemos ter várias óticas para analisa/avaliar o conteúdo entregue. Creio que a intenção do Murilo foi a mais simples possível. Ele quiz não provar nada por "a + b", mas sim dar dicas empíricas e praticáveis de como permear em situações-problema para encontrar soluções sem cair na chatice do mal humor. Toda vez que nos divertimos o processo cognitivo é facilitado (isso é científico) e por isso podemos (e devemos) contar boas histórias (fazemos isso desde as cavernas) ou dar belas dicas de como fazer isso sem esbarrar no teor científico de forma cansativa.
    Parabéns, Murilo Gun! Melhorar, a gente já sabe que precisa sempre, mas a coragem de abordar o assunto e a intenção de espalhar boas ideias foi nobre e merece respeito!
    Forte abraço e sucesso!   

  2. Achei que o bobo era só um comédia mesmo, não sabia que ele passava uma mensagem "subliminar" para o Rei kkkk
    Massa. Murilo é foda, curto muito.

  3. E possível a firma GUN , gostei muito de seus trabalhos , sou de Recife não só mas também perdi o meu sutaque , nunca perca o seu lindo sutaque , muito massa ,

  4. Humor, além de deixar a vida mais leve, contribui para a produção de serotonina e endorfina, serguir essa dica amplia a inteligência, Muito bom!!

  5. Sou fã do seu conteúdo e trabalho mas acredito que houve um pequeno equívoco quando você fala do bobo da corte, que é o que chamamos bufão. E o Arlequim que na verdade seria o servo mas na representação teatral medieval Comédia Del'arte.

  6. Por que é que o Murilo Gun não fez uma palestra bem humorada em vez de um palestrão intelectual se a sua proposta era justamente pregar o 'humor como meio de transmissão' ??

  7. Murilo Gun é sinistramente inteligente. Na hora de ser engraçado ele consegue. Na hora de falar sério, ele também consegue. E consegue mesclar ainda dependendo da situação. Irado!

  8. Tô de saco cheio de gente criando teoria sobre como o professor deve fazer na sala de aula. A maioria dessas pessoas que criam essas teorias lindas e maravilhosas, não conhecem realmente a sala de aula. A culpa é sempre do professor e de mais ninguém. O sistema todo é falho, mas vão falar que a culpa é do professor que não faz palhaçada na aula ou que não faz um teatro lindo maravilhoso para chamar a atenção do aluno.

  9. Deixei de ver quando ele disse que o humor pode servir para passar conteúdo, aí me perguntei porque ele ainda não usou NADA de humor até esse ponto e percebi que vou perder meu tempo.

  10. Faz muito sentido o que ele disse, só não entendi porque ele falou tanto de usar o humor pra transmitir conteudo e não fez isso na palestra. Se ele agisse de acordo com o que ele fala durante a palestra, isso daria muito mais credibilidade a ideia que ele tá defendendo.

  11. to olhando bem pra tu meu curador e notei que vc é muito muito muitissimo parecido com meu filho mais novo o denis leite leite quando ele era gordinho

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