Why can't we tickel ourselves?
August 8, 2010 7:59am CST
In most instances, laughter is a response to the unexpected. When someone tells a joke, we laugh at the punch line because it comes as a surprise. In the same way we laugh when someone tickles us because we can't predict when or where it will happen. When we tickle our self there is no threat or surprise involved and we therefore have no reason to laugh.
8 Aug 10
It is indeed a strange thing that we can't tickle ourselves. I am easy to be tickled by other persons, but I can't tickle myself, not even with a feather, but if somebody touches that thing which I try to tickle myself, then it will tickle. It is very strange how this works. I think it is more a psychological thing, than a physical one. Do you agree?