Wit and Humor as Topic

Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain syndrome characterised by central sensitisation resulting in hypersentivity of the skin and deeper tissues as well as fatigue. Possibly the princess in Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Princess and the Pea' suffered from FMS since chronic sleep disturbances are typical in FMS. These sleep disturbances have been attributed to a dysfunction in the systems regulating sleep and wakefulness resulting in loss of deep sleep.

Author(s): 
Lundeberg, Thomas
Lund, Iréne
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Journal of Women's Health (2002)
Author(s): 
Fossel, Michael
Walker, Richard
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Journal of Homosexuality

Based on a design used in previous research with heterosexuals, this study assessed the permanent partner priorities of gay and straight men and women, as well as the perception of those priorities by each gender and sexual orientation. Heterosexuals and homosexuals did not differ in their rank-ordered priorities, but tended to misperceive the priorities of their own and the other groups studied. Differentials of misperception were explained by varying societal pressures experienced by homo- and heterosexual men and women.

Author(s): 
Laner, M. R.
Publication Title: 
Contemporary Nurse

A variety of studies identify friendliness/being friendly in their findings however, no research reports on the phenomenon of nurse friendliness. Moreover, all prior findings are coincidental to the phenomenon under investigation, so nurse friendliness is superficially represented and poorly understood. In turn, the significance of nurse friendliness has gone unnoticed. Because the present study focused on nurse friendliness, it revealed a deeper dimension to this phenomenon and expanded prior, limited understandings.

Author(s): 
Geanellos, Rene
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Psychology

In this study, the authors explored the use of positive, negative, and avoiding humor in 2 types of situations by individuals in romantic relationships. Participants (N = 154) rated their frequency of humor use in either a typical conflict scenario with their partner or a typical pleasant event. Participants also indicated their overall degree of romantic relationship satisfaction. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that individuals who were more satisfied with their relationship reported higher levels of positive humor use and lower levels of negative and avoiding humor use.

Author(s): 
Butzer, Bethany
Kuiper, Nicholas A.
Publication Title: 
Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin

In a behavioral observation study with dating couples, we examined (a) how attachment orientations predict humor use and (b) how people respond to their partners' use of humor. Couples were videotaped while trying to resolve a relationship conflict. Each discussion was rated on several theoretically relevant dimensions. Highly avoidant individuals used more aggressive humor and less affiliative humor during their discussions, whereas highly anxious individuals used more self-defeating humor. Individuals also tailored their humor use to partners who were highly anxious and distressed.

Author(s): 
Winterheld, Heike A.
Simpson, Jeffry A.
OriÒa, M. Minda
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

The Canadian sociologist Arthur Frank has thought deeply about both health and illness, especially life-threatening illness, and, by extension, the lack of distinction that exists between a spiritualized medicine or a medicalized spirituality. Professor Frank is known internationally for his pioneering work on illness narratives and has made significant contributions to the emergent field of Narrative Medicine.

Author(s): 
Frank, Arthur W.
Publication Title: 
Shinrigaku Kenkyu: The Japanese Journal of Psychology

This study investigated the attitude towards humor and the relationship among the attitude, aggression and altruism. Four hundred and seven subjects answered the questionnaires consisting of (1) items about attitude toward humor, (2) items about aggression and altruism, and (3) items about humorous statements, frequently heared in negative situations. Factor analysis revealed that the attitude toward humor consists of two factors; (a) preference for aggressive humor and (b) preference for playful humor.

Author(s): 
Ueno, Y.
Publication Title: 
Psycho-Oncology

Supportive-Expressive Group Therapy (SEGT) has been developed and manualised in the research setting, but there have been few clinical accounts of its utility. In this qualitative review of its application in the Melbourne-based randomised control trial (RCT) for women with advanced breast cancer, SEGT is considered from the perspective of the structure and framework of therapy, its therapists, the issues that develop in exploring its common themes and what constitutes a well functioning group. Groups move through identifiable developmental phases.

Author(s): 
Kissane, David W.
Grabsch, Brenda
Clarke, David M.
Christie, George
Clifton, Diane
Gold, Stan
Hill, Christine
Morgan, Ann
McDermott, Fiona
Smith, Graeme C.
Publication Title: 
Medecine Sciences: M/S

The goal of the International Alt/Self Project (IASP) is to determine the molecular basis of societal altruistic and selfish behaviour in primate societies. In order to solve this difficult problem, an International Consortium comprising genomists and psycho-biologists from the G-8 countries has been created. In a first step it was decided to concentrate on extreme opposite phenotypes manifesting in Homo sapiens sapiens: the hyper-altruism syndrome (HAS) and the hyper-selfishness syndrome (HSS).

Author(s): 
International Alt/Self Map Consortium

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