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Self-conscious emotions and ridicule: Shameful gelotophobes and guilt free katagelasticists


Proyer, Rene T; Platt, Tracey; Ruch, Willibald (2010). Self-conscious emotions and ridicule: Shameful gelotophobes and guilt free katagelasticists. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(1):54-58.

Abstract

This study explores the associations between concepts of ‘laughing at’ and shame with the addition of other self-conscious emotion variables: guilt, detachment, externalization and alpha (relating to character) and beta (relating to behavior) pride, which will be used to investigate the first standardized relationship of gelotophobia, gelotophilia and katagelasticism. N = 317 participants completed the TOSCA-3 and PhoPhiKat-45 instruments. Results show that gelotophobia is related to shame-proneness and externalize shameful situations. Katagelasticists have low guilt and can also be predicted by shame, age and gender. None of the TOSCA-3 dimensions predicted gelotophilia. The study gives a better indication of the
dynamics of the self-conscious emotions, especially shame and guilt, which attributes to how people react to or use laughing at themselves and others when interacting with others.

Abstract

This study explores the associations between concepts of ‘laughing at’ and shame with the addition of other self-conscious emotion variables: guilt, detachment, externalization and alpha (relating to character) and beta (relating to behavior) pride, which will be used to investigate the first standardized relationship of gelotophobia, gelotophilia and katagelasticism. N = 317 participants completed the TOSCA-3 and PhoPhiKat-45 instruments. Results show that gelotophobia is related to shame-proneness and externalize shameful situations. Katagelasticists have low guilt and can also be predicted by shame, age and gender. None of the TOSCA-3 dimensions predicted gelotophilia. The study gives a better indication of the
dynamics of the self-conscious emotions, especially shame and guilt, which attributes to how people react to or use laughing at themselves and others when interacting with others.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gelotophobia, Gelotophilia, Guilt, Humor, Katagelasticism, Laughter, Pride, Shame, TOSCA-3
Language:English
Date:July 2010
Deposited On:24 Mar 2010 05:37
Last Modified:09 Jun 2016 09:20
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0191-8869
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.03.007

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