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I have a theory. We created laughter to protect us from things that are too much for us to bear.

I'm sure there's a word or a shorter phrase for the bolded part.

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    Unbearable things. – Erik Kowal Jan 22 '15 at 5:07
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    Large elephants. – Sven Yargs Jan 22 '15 at 6:24
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We created laughter to protect us from the unbearable.

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ONEROUS adjective:

1: involving, imposing, or constituting a burden : troublesome <an onerous task>

2: having legal obligations that outweigh the advantages <an onerous contract>

— oner·ous·ly adverb

— oner·ous·ness noun

Traumatic adjective: emotionally disturbing or distressing.

Trauma noun: a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time

From: Merriam-Webster online

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a bit much, insufferable, intolerable, enough already, last straw

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