Do you laugh when people fall down?

Ireland
April 15, 2007 11:18am CST
I have the very bad habit of doing so. I don't tend to do it if the person has gotten hurt, but if they have just taken a made tumble it sends me into fits of laughter. I don't mean a little smirk, I mean tears rolling down your face and hooting. I know it isn't very nice, but I can't seem to help it. It's like a physical reaction. Does this happen to anybody else?
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
10 May 07
It really depends on the circumsatnces as to why they fell down. If someone was goofing around and fell down then of course I would laugh because they got what they deserved. But if someone happened to take a misstep and fell I would be concerned whether they had hurt themselves or not. I would feel the need to check and see if they are alright.
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• Ireland
15 May 07
Definately no borderline pathology there. I would want you around if I fell :-) I have a friend that falls often. She trips over everything. She broke her toe by tripping while stepping off a curb. Thank god I wasn't there to see that! It isn't all bad though, because as soon as I heard I thought, oh no, she is going to break her neck trying to get around on the cruthces and I went over and tidied up for her so there'd be less to trip over when the inevitable happened.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
15 Apr 07
Well,i know is not nice,but trust me i can't help myself to laugh if i see someone fall down... Last week my co-worker just fall down because she expect the chair be near and this was taken from another co-worker(not for bad joke)...and she was so hilarious...i know she love me more less now ,but...trust me i couldn't keep my laugh...lol!!
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• United States
15 Apr 07
If the person hasn't hurt themselves, it can be funny. If it's someone that I don't know, though, and I'm out in public, I would do my best to supress the laughter as I wouldn't want to cause anyone any embarassment.
• Ireland
15 Apr 07
I try not to do, it, so help me I try, but I generally fail. It is usually best if I just remove myself from the sitution.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
22 Apr 07
I started laughing just reading your discussion. When I see someone fall I first kind of chuckle and try to hold in what I can until I am sure they are okay. But it is just a reaction that blurts right out of me. I hate it to because I am a faller. It is an ongoing joke with my family that I haven't fallen in a while so I am due a good one. I fall so often that I have actually gotten somewhat graceful at it. I twisted my ankle once while walking down the busiest sidewalk in Manhattan one day. I knew I was going down and I had a skirt on so I reached down and lifted my skirt a bit while I practically curtsied right down on my butt!! At least I can laugh about it after the fact. It usually takes me several days though. Okay........ I am laughing just typing this. Thanks, I always love a good laugh.
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@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
19 May 07
I would never laugh if it was an old person who fell down, because their bones are so fragile that the slightest thing can have serious consequences. I do laugh it people who are close to me fall over, this sounds awful but I know I don´t have to hold myself back with them. Mind you, I also laugh when I fall over myself, imagining how ridiculous it must have looked is what makes me laugh. My husband does the same, he´s forever bumping into things and sometimes ends up on the floor because of it. Remembering the last time he did is making me laugh right now, lol.
• Ireland
20 May 07
Oh my word! That is horrible! She must have been so shocked!
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
22 May 07
So sorry, patcalga. It must have been traumatic for you and your family.
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10 May 07
Yesterday in work - I work in a kitchen - I heard someone making such a noise in the corridor so I ghad a look out. I was expecting it to be kids and I would have told them to be quiet. Instead a man walks round the corner laughing so hard. He saw me and saud sorry and that someone had just fallen. Now I am all for a laugh and giggle but this guy was literally whooping. Men take it too far sometimes. Yes, though I normally do tend to laugh and then feel instantly bad about it just in case they really hurt themselves and you know what they say- what goes around comes around. If you laugh at someone then you know something bad will happen to you.
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• Ireland
10 May 07
I have done the turtle myself a time or two, and I am usually laughing just as hysterically at myself (if I'm not hurt) because I can invision how ridiculous I look!
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10 May 07
I tend to be one of those people that feel ridiculed and just can't stop myself going in a huff.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I wonder what it is about falling that gives us such a chuckle... I think it is the absurdity of it. I mean, who can watch a little 12 month old taking his first steps and falling down to his bum and not get a burst of joy and laughter over it? it is not so much the fall as it is the absurdity, I guess.
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• Ireland
21 Apr 07
That's true, little ones do laugh at themselves don't they. I wonder when so many of us loose that ability, and why?
@patgalca (14480)
• Orangeville, Ontario
20 May 07
We have to teach the little ones to laugh at themselves sometimes. Otherwise they will cry over every little thing that happens to them just to get attention.
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• Philippines
7 Jun 07
This is one thing I try not to do. Falling is somewhat embarassing and if we will laugh at people who fall, that would only cause them to feel more ashamed. I always try my best to put myself in other people's shoes. If Ill fall and others would laugh at me, I wouldnt like it either.
• Ireland
7 Jun 07
Is it really that embarassing? I fall on occassion and sometimes end up covered in mud but what can you do? People fall. I think laughing at them is some sort of nervous reaction.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
23 May 07
Tsk tsk....for shame..you laugh when a person falls...naughty!...I don't...I'm one of those concerned ones who hopes the person is okay...but I can understand why a person will laugh though...like a nervous reaction or something???
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• Ireland
24 May 07
I think that is a similar reaction, it just happens. And of course there are the people that you just think, iy yi yi, they have gone down again. My sister and another friend fall ALL the time, over nothing. It is bizzare!
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
21 May 07
I can usually control myself, unless the hubby is with me. He has the same problem as you. HE can't control it. He laughs so hard at them, that he nearly topples over, and of course they realize that he's laughing at them. i always feel so bad, and usually end up apologizing, or walking away quickly so they don't think we're together. (:
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@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
15 May 07
LOL. I hate to trip in front of you. I really try not to do that coz I don't want anyone laughing at me because I'm being a klutz. But there are times when I let out a giggle specially if they way the trip or fall down is comical.
• Ireland
15 May 07
I know, bad me, it is terrible. Bad. I just can't help it, although I do try to bite my tongue.
10 May 07
Sometimes the circumstances are such that you feel you have to laugh. I watched as an acquaintence showed off her new high heels on the dancefloor, needless to say she fell, was unhurt, but there were gales of laughter over it.
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• Ireland
15 May 07
Oh, or what about those 'You've been framed' type of shows where they have people falling in all sorts of crazy and humiliating ways. They kill me!
• United States
16 Apr 07
i usually surpress it unless it's one of those people that windmill their arms and make a big production of it.then you can't help but laugh.
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• Ireland
16 Apr 07
My husband took quite a rolling tumble down a small hillside and it was so funny. That was one situation where I didn't feel bad about laughing. He was practically doing a Chariots of Fire and wiped out. Ba-bam-ba-bam-ba-bam. Oops!
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@rx4life (1933)
• United States
16 Apr 07
It doesnt happen to me but I knew a person that couldn't stop laughing when anything bad happened to someone.. it was an inappropriate nervous response..but it seemed so rude...She would see someone get hurt and she would laugh...really being concerned but inappropriatly laughing at the same time...I had never experienced this in my life and it was very difficult to watch it happen...she and I would talk about it and she would tell me how bad she felt...she would generally have to walk away from such situations because she claimed to have no control and people would get upset with her...Yours doesn't seem to be as intense as hers...( she saw a guy break his arm and while she called for help she was laughing!!) I haven't seen her in a long time and I must say I hope she followed through with the help she was seeking last time we spoke...but I wonder how many people suffer this?
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
I think it probably is some sort of condition or nervous response. I don't remember ever not having a good giggle, but liek you say, it isn't as intense as the person you knew. I was actually able to contain myself on one occasion when it was an authority figure, but then I pretty much was in stitches for days afterwards when I thought about it.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
22 May 07
Yes, I do. Usually its just a chuckle and if the person is injured than I'll compose myself and be concerned. I'm no sure why we think it's funny but I know we arent alone. Have you seen America's Funniest Videos? That show is full of falling down videos. If people didn't think it was funny they wouldn't be using so many of those videos. Some of those actually make me cringe because they do look pretty painfull! But, usually I laugh before I cringe. lol
20 May 07
I do have quite an evil streak in me sometimes and if someone trips or falls I do find myself laughing at them. I remember once I washed the slippery lino in the kitchen without warning anyone. In waltzed my daughter about to tell me something and with that she was A over T, legs up in the air. I had to show some sympathy, but while I was trying to ask if she was alright I couldn't help laughing, not to her amusement. I've started laughing again when remembering this!
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@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
20 May 07
Sometimes I do. If I see that the person got real hurt, I wouldn't laugh and try to help him/her get up.
@shinjiao (1464)
• China
16 May 07
Hi,woodpigeon! I couldn't laugh when fall down,because I may imagine if I fall down whether people will snicker me?It's horrible when I fall down, people around me laughing and saying something bad...
@bukiebluz (153)
• Nigeria
15 May 07
Well,i tend to laugh when i witness such siituations but one thing is i try not to make it obvious.I laugh at the instance but at thesame time,i"ll be the first to help.
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@happymom1 (1179)
• United States
15 May 07
No, i did not laugh but some people laugh when there`s someone fall down. I experience that one time when we went to a mall. I just wear a sandal and i slipped and almost fall. Some laugh at me a giggle and i feel embarras.
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