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# An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is th

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An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

Argument analysis:
There are number of factors to determine if person is self confident - the most supreme is the one in which the person is not hesitant in telling funny stories / jokes about himself.
This confidence is not acquired untill late in life
The ability to crack jokes about oneself is a better factor to judge a person's self-confidence than the ability to allow others to poke fun at oneself

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.
- The argument states that of the many indicators of self-confidence, the ability to poke fun at oneself and the ability to let other poke fun at oneself are one of the many indicators of self confidence. Thus if one is not self-confident he definetly lacks both of them.
-Correct

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.
- We do not know anything about this. May be they do tell funny stories is very non-offensive way or may be they do not.
-Wrong

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.
- Not true. May be they tell to help others to increase their sefl-confidence or just to lighten up the mood.
-Wrong

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.
- First point is this argument speaks about highly self-confident people. We do not know whether they constitute a high percentage among general public.
-Wrong

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one's respect for them.
-Wrong
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Re: An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is th [#permalink]
An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

Inference question

Pre-thinking

We are given that the most confident person will tell jokes about him/herself and that a confident (but not as confident as the latter person) person will have fun while other people tell jokes about him/herself.

We simply can infer that someone who is not confident probably won't like either telling jokes about her/him or when other people make fun her/him

POE

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.
Makes sense

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.
telling jokes about others is out of the picture

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.
the purpose of telling jokes as well is out of the picture

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.
what most people will do cannot be inferred

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one┬б┬пs respect for them.
cannot be inferred as respect here is out of scope

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Re: An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is th [#permalink]
I believe there is an easier explanation for option A :
"Telling funny story or joke about one self ---> self confidence" take care of the word "Surest"
Therefore A----> B and since it is necessary and sufficient thus NOT B ----> Not A

Thus option A..

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