What’s Your Humor Style?


What would you get when you combine humor with psychology; four types of humors of course. We discussed this last year at my personality class.

  • Put-Down Humor

This aggressive type of humor is used to criticize and manipulate others through teasing, sarcasm and ridicule; such as telling friends an embarrassing story about another friend, is a socially acceptable way to deploy aggression and make others look bad so you look good. When challenged on their teasing, the put-down joker often turns to the “just kidding” defense, allowing the aggressor to avoid responsibility even when it really hurts.

  • Bonding Humor

People who use bonding humor are fun to have around; they say amusing things, tell jokes, engage in witty banter and generally lighten the mood. These are the people who give humor a good name. A perfect real life example would be the comedian Ellen DeGeneres. However people with bond humor can have a dark side; they’d be polite to your face, but behind your back, they would unite in deriding you completely.

  • Hate-Me Humor

In this style of humor, they are the butt of the joke for the amusement of others. Often deployed by people eager to ingratiate themselves, it’s the familiar clown or “fat guy” playfulness that we always love. Habitually offering their image up to be humiliated and to erode their self-respect, thus, fostering depression and anxiety. It also can backfire by making other people feel uncomfortable.

  • Laughing At Life Humor

Someone with this outlook deploys humor to cope with challenges, taking a step back and laughing at the absurdities of everyday life. A great example would be The Onion newspaper. The problem with this is that life isn’t always funny and life sometimes wants us to take it very seriously.


2 responses to this post.

  1. when i read the first one i said “that kind” then i read the second one and said “that kind”

    i think i am a little of everything, i like to laugh a lot


  2. @Laialy

    Well good for you (laughter is the best medicine after all) just make sure you don’t anyone and you don’t hurt yourself with your complex humor 😉


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