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4 Types Of Humor

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Sharday Jacobs

on 5 May 2015

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Definition: Affiliative
verb (used with object), affiliated, affiliating.
1. to bring into close association or connection:
Ex: The research center is affiliated with the university.
Affiliative humor
The Four Types Of Humor
Involves telling jokes about things that everyone might find funny. The goal is to use humor to bring people together to find the humor in everyday life. While also creating a sense of fellowship, happiness, and well-being. If you are fond of jokes about animals or everyday occurrences, then you are using affiliative humor.
What is Affiliative humor?
Ellen DeGeneres: She's made a whole career out of bonding humor. Some might call it bland, but the genius lies in her ability to connect people. She instantly lightens the mood and accentuates similarities over differences.

Telling jokes and making fun at things that everybody can safely laugh at and feel included in a merry-fellowship. Non-hostile, non-competitive and benign humor style.

Aggressive humor
Bill Maher : He says "I kid, I kid" after about a quarter of his jokes — a sure sign of put-down humor. Humor at the expensive of others can be easy and some might say cheap, but it can also be useful when pointing out hypocrisy.

This involves put-downs or insults targeted toward individuals. This is the humor that is used by more aggressive comedians – the put-down artists, such as Don Rickles or the late Joan Rivers. When it is intended to threaten or psychologically harm others, it is the type of humor used by bullies. While some of the audience to this type of humor will find it funny, others might laugh to cover up a feeling of discomfort.

What Is Aggressive Humor??
The aggressive humor style is related to using humor to mock, discredit or threat others; it is destructive for group collabration and can lead to in-group divisions and suffering of certain individuals.

AKA: Roasting, working, flaming, etc.

Definition: Aggressive


1. characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing.

Ex: Aggressive acts against a neighboring country.

Self-enhancing humor
1. A type of motivation that works to make people feel good about themselves and to maintain self-esteem.
Ex: Downplaying skills that are lacked or that can be criticised others to seem better by comparison.
What Is Self-Enhancing ?

This is being able to laugh at yourself, such as making a joke when something bad has happened to you. Trying to find the humor in everyday situations, and making yourself the target of the humor in a good-natured way. It is related to healthy coping with stress. Jon Stewart from the Daily Show often uses self-enhancing humor by saying things such as, “Maybe I just don’t understand…” or “I’m not the brightest guy….”

"Republicans say that sex is bad, because with them it always is. I'm sorry, but they're just doughy, asexual, wonky, white people, and if you had to have sex with them it would be over in an excruciating three minutes. It's just — and from the headlines of the past year I gather the only sex they're really good at, is gay sex."

"I'm a godmother, that's a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that's cute, I taught her that."
David Sedaris
He popularized the lighthearted, laugh-at-life humor that's popular today. His ability to hone in on everyday foibles, annoyances, and hypocrisies makes him hilarious and lovable.

"I haven't the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out."

Being able to laugh at various things in life, even when faced with difficult or stressful situations. Its viewed as a proactive way to deal with stress
Self-defeating humor

Definition: Self Defeating


1. Serving to frustrate, thwart, etc., one's own intention or interests:

Ex: His behavior was certainly self-defeating.

What Is Self-defeating humor?
Putting yourself down in an aggressive or “poor me” fashion is called self-defeating humor. The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield would be an example (“I don’t get no respect” “I was an ugly baby”). Psychologically, this can be an unhealthy form of humor, and is sometimes used by targets of bullies to try to avoid attacks – making oneself the butt of jokes before others put you down.

The self-defeating style involves allowing others to make jokes at your own cost and pretending that you're having fun along the way; it is also a tendency to use the self-deprecating humor to amuse others

Stephen Colbert's (the character not the man) entire shtick is hate-me humor. The Colbert Report centers on his ignorant, egomaniac persona for the audience's laughing pleasure.

"Now, I don't see color. People tell me I'm white, and I believe them because police officers call me 'sir.'"

Kahoot Time ! :D
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