Sarcasm is the use of words or expressions to mean the opposite of what they actually say. It can be a subtle and effective way to mock or criticise with the tool of humor.
Parents are often annoyed when their teenager responds with sarcasm. But if done without any harm, it can actually be a sign of your child’s mental growth to be able to play with language and humor.
This may come as a surprise to many parents and teachers that being quirky with words through sarcasm is a sign of a flexible and inventive mind. Psychologists and neuro-scientists have found that using and interpreting sarcasm requires more brain power than literal statements.
While it can be thought of as juvenile due to humor or mockery, it is evidence of a more mature mind which can understand and twist words beyond their literal sense. It takes years for a child’s brain to be able to fully grasp sarcasm and master it. There is evidence that it can encourage us to be more creative thinkers.