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Affiliative Humor Style Scale

Do you use comedy to bring people together? Discover if you have an 'affiliative humor style' and how to wield the power of shared laughter.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | January 08, 2024

In our search for laughter, affiliative humor can be a pillar that supports connections and strengthens social bonds. This humor style revolves around the joy of shared laughter, using jokes, funny stories and good-natured pranks to bring people together.

Affiliative humor is the social glue that transforms gatherings into joyous occasions, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie. It reflects the delightful notion that laughter is not only an individual experience, but a communal celebration that transcends individual boundaries.

Identifying your affiliative humor style isn't just about being the resident jokester; it's about recognizing the power of laughter to enhance relationships and build bridges. By understanding and embracing affiliative humor, individuals can navigate social scenarios with a lighthearted touch, creating an environment where shared laughter becomes the cornerstone of positive interactions. Unearthing affiliative humor in oneself is a key to fostering a welcoming and inclusive social atmosphere, transforming ordinary moments into extraordinary memories.

The Humor Style Questionnaire is a delightful compass that guides you through the realm of affiliative humor, as well as its three dimensions: self-enhancing, aggressive and self-defeating humor. This questionnaire categorizes our senses of humor while unveiling the magic behind our comedic inclinations. By taking this questionnaire, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of their affiliative humor with insights into the unique blend of humor styles that shape their interactions.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Martin, R. A., Puhlik-Doris, P., Larsen, G., Gray, J., & Weir, K. (2003). Individual differences in uses of humor and their relation to psychological well-being: Development of the Humor Styles Questionnaire. Journal of Research in Personality, (2003)37. 48-75. doi:S0092-6566(02)00534-2

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