Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Humor and strengths of character


Müller, L; Ruch, Willibald (2011). Humor and strengths of character. Journal of Positive Psychology, 6(5):368-376.

Abstract

Humor in the Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Strengths is conceptualized as a unipolar and unidimensional strength and is subsumed under the virtue of transcendence. Its scope is intentionally restricted to forms of humor that serve some moral good. The present study (N 1⁄4 203) investigated the relation between five dimensions of humorous conduct, sense of humor, and the VIA-Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS). Results show (1) that the VIA-humor correlated with socially warm and competent humor, and the sense of humor, all with a common basis in humanity. (2) Each humor style showed relations to strengths. Additionally, strengths related to the virtue of temperance were also related to not showing mean-spirited and earthy forms of humor. Hence, humor in the VIA-IS can be well-located in established humor taxonomies, but does not cover all of the virtue-related humorous behaviors. Further research is requested to investigate the role of virtue in humor.

Abstract

Humor in the Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Strengths is conceptualized as a unipolar and unidimensional strength and is subsumed under the virtue of transcendence. Its scope is intentionally restricted to forms of humor that serve some moral good. The present study (N 1⁄4 203) investigated the relation between five dimensions of humorous conduct, sense of humor, and the VIA-Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS). Results show (1) that the VIA-humor correlated with socially warm and competent humor, and the sense of humor, all with a common basis in humanity. (2) Each humor style showed relations to strengths. Additionally, strengths related to the virtue of temperance were also related to not showing mean-spirited and earthy forms of humor. Hence, humor in the VIA-IS can be well-located in established humor taxonomies, but does not cover all of the virtue-related humorous behaviors. Further research is requested to investigate the role of virtue in humor.

Statistics

Citations

18 citations in Web of Science®
22 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

25 downloads since deposited on 16 Sep 2011
18 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:humor; character strength; virtue; sense of humor
Date:2011
Deposited On:16 Sep 2011 12:36
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 09:04
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1743-9760
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2011.592508

Download

Download PDF  'Humor and strengths of character'.
Preview
Content: Accepted Version
Filetype: PDF (This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis inJ ournal of Positive Psychology on 2011], available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17439760.2011.592508)
Size: 407kB
View at publisher