Researchsummary7 - Sara Beg PSY 2012 Section AW59 Kimberly Renk Beermann U(2011 Can People Really"Laugh at Themselves Experimental and

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Sara Beg PSY 2012 Section AW59 Kimberly Renk Beermann, U. (2011). Can People Really "Laugh at Themselves?" - Experimental and Correlational Evidence. Emotion . Retrieved June 21, 2011, from PsycARTICLES database.
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Everyone knows what a sense of humor is, but there does not seem to be a concrete definition for it. In the past, some have suggested that the ability to laugh at oneself is central to a person’s sense of humor, though there have not been many, if any, studies on this yet. In fact, there is no concrete definition for laughing at oneself either; to the point where some believe it is a concept that does not exist. Those who believe that the ability to laugh at oneself not only exists but forms a central part of a person’s sense of humor also believe that a person who takes himself too seriously and does not laugh at himself is, consequently, humorless. Others, however, argue that laughing at oneself is equivalent to putting oneself down and goes hand-in-hand with masochism and low self-image. It is possible that in situations where one person laughs at himself, another person may react negatively, and it has been suggested that the person who does not laugh at himself is perhaps incapable of doing so. Often, laughing at oneself is an acknowledgement and acceptance of one’s own faults and weaknesses, and not everyone is comfortable with admitting that he is not perfect. Because of the limited research done on this subject already, researchers in the current study went about studying the concept of laughing at oneself thoroughly: requiring a self-report, a peer report, and recording behavioral responses to situations where participants might be stimulated into laughing at themselves. The participants were presented with distorted images of themselves, perhaps a caricature
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Negy during the Summer '07 term at University of Central Florida.

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Researchsummary7 - Sara Beg PSY 2012 Section AW59 Kimberly Renk Beermann U(2011 Can People Really"Laugh at Themselves Experimental and

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