Humor styles and their relationship to explicit and implicit self-esteem

Stefan Stieger, Anton K. Formann, Christoph Burger

Publikation: Beitrag in Fachzeitschrift (peer-reviewed)Artikel in Fachzeitschrift

74 Zitate (Scopus)

Abstract

Humor is an essential part of our life and an important means to cope with stressful life events. Recent research established that humor is a multi-faceted construct that includes both adaptive and maladaptive humor styles. Whereas self-enhancing and affiliative humor styles seem to be beneficial, aggressive and self-defeating humor styles may be less beneficial or even detrimental to mental health. Self-defeating humor correlates positively with loneliness, shyness, depression, and negatively with explicit (i.e., conscious, deliberate) self-esteem. Furthermore, research has found that individuals possessing " damaged" self-esteem (i.e., a self-esteem discrepancy where individuals exhibit low explicit but high implicit [i.e., unconscious, automatic] self-esteem) have very similar characteristics as individuals using self-defeating humor. We therefore theorized that there is an association between damaged self-esteem and self-defeating humor, which we indeed found. Possible mechanisms and explanations for this link are discussed.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)747-750
Seitenumfang4
FachzeitschriftPersonality and Individual Differences
Jahrgang50
Ausgabenummer5
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01 Apr. 2011
Extern publiziertJa

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