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Aggressive Humor Style Scale

Do you laugh with others, or at them? Discover if you have an 'aggressive humor style' and if you need to dull your sharp tongue.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

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

Aggressive humor is a bold and often edgy form of wit, utilizing elements like irony, sarcasm and ridicule to convey messages. It's a humor style that can cut through the ordinary and make a statement, but it also carries the risk of causing discomfort, tension or hurt. Aggressive humor doesn't shy away from challenging the status quo, using sharp wit to bring attention to societal norms or individual behaviors.

Identifying your aggressive humor style isn't just about claiming the quick-witted provocateur title, but also encourages recognizing the potential impact of your humor on others. Aggressive humor can be a double-edged sword, injecting energy and prompting critical thinking, but also risking misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Understanding and acknowledging this humor style is key to navigating social interactions with tact and ensuring that humor serves as a tool for connection rather than division.

The Humor Style Questionnaire allows the exploration of aggressive humor and its three counterparts: self-enhancing, affiliative and self-defeating humor. By answering a few questions, respondents can unlock the secrets of their humor style and gain insights into the unique blends that define their laughter, and how their laughter makes others feel.

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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