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How to Tell That the Laughter is Dismissive in this Scene from the Movie Beautiful Girls?

Lucio advised that this laughter is dismissive in the movie Beautiful Girls:

However, I find this instance quite challenging to discern.

How do you tell if it is

  1. A genuine laughter
  2. A dismissive laughter
  3. A submissive laughter
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Sounds like the perfect question for "social intuition".

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To answer it in more analytical terms, I should think about it more deeply.

But this is exactly what emotional/social intelligence addresses.

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My Recent Example

I encountered laughter from a woman recently when collecting my repaired laptop at the counter.
I wasn't sure what kind of laughter it was.

Her: (looks at name on paper)
(struggles to pronounce name)

Me: Matthew

Her: Just needed to turn the paper around to see the name properly

Me: I can't expect you to pronounce everyone's names correctly
(I wanted to say something like she sees hundreds of people a day so it's not even fair to expect her to pronounce all names correctly)

Her: (laughs)
Thank you for your understanding.

Then, I wasn't sure whether the laughter was friendly or dismissive.
Definitely not submissive in my opinion.

Beautiful Girls Example

Him: So what part of Chicago are you from?

Her: Do you know Chicago?

Him: (stumbles upon the answer) Yeah, I know like Soldier's field.

Her: That's a football field. (laughs)

I think her tone is a bit judgemental and sarcastic when she said "That's a football field.".
The elongated syllabuses and upward inflections on the words.
And she had the big-eye, incredulous look on her face.

A bit like the look Stephen Colbert gave Barrack Obama.

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I'm thinking that one way to possibly help people recognize which is which is to think:

What words could have one used to replace that laughter?

In this case, words that go along well with Thurman's laughter, could have been:

Are you serious? That's a football field


That's a football field, what are you talking about?


That's a football people, people don't usually live inside football fields you know?

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I think that helps a lot!

I'm also thinking if one can tell purely from the sound of the laughter.
Never analysed laughter before so brainstorming here:

Sarcastic, Dismissive, Snarky Laughter: Expelling a big puff of air or sneering sound

Social Blunder: Laught at the Wrong Times - 3 Examples

Dominant Laughter: Laughs loudly without restrain like Elon Musk against reporter's question on competitor BYD

Or Jeff Bezos during interviews

Submissive Laughter: Sounds stifled like the man against Judge Judy

Genuine Laughter: High-pitched "hahahaha", usually easiest to tell from facial expression

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Lucio Buffalmano

I think that social intuition product is going to be amazing 🙂

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In large part to your examples and analyses! Thanks a lot 🙂

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