P49: Humor and the stigma of mental illness

Corrigan and colleagues of the Department of Psychology of the Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) investigated the role humor can have in the decrease of stigma. They created three conditions (self-disclosure comedy, non-disclosure comedy and a control condition) and assessed attitudes and comic perceptions. Perceptions of the self-disclosed comic condition were associated with reduced stigma. The affiliative humor style enhanced this effect even further. Read more.

P47: Higher defense mechanisms in psychotherapy, especially humor

Although psychoanalysis as a theoretical movement has become much weaker over the last thirty or so years, the notion of defense mechanisms is still around and has not lost the magical ring it has. Recently a review about higher defense mechanisms and their role in psychotherapy written by Metzger (Columbia College) appeared, stating once more that humor is one of them, embodying a creative force and capturing anxiety and conflict. Read more.

P44: Gender differences in acceptance, humor and anxious-withdrawal

Andrea Markovic and Julia Bowker from the State University of New York investigated peer-nominated anxious-withdrawn behaviors, peer outcomes and peer-valued characteristics (e.g. humor). They found that anxious-withdrawal predicted increases in acceptance for adolescent girls who were high in humor. The contrary association was found for adolescent boys high in humor. Their degree of acceptance decreased. Read more.