Humor and Conflict: A Look at Humor Appreciation, Perceptions of Partners\u27 Humor, and its Link to Relationship Satisfaction


The goal of this study was to expand on scenario-based reports of types of humor and how relationship satisfaction is affected by the perception and appreciation of these humor types. A sample of 115 college students, mostly Caucasian women, read a conflicted or pleasant scenario and imagined themselves as satisfied or dissatisfied with their current partners. They then evaluated their perceptions and appreciation of their partners\u27 humor within the scenario contexts. Self-report questionnaires on relationship satisfaction and humor types were also completed. Results showed that participants who imagined being dissatisfied and in a conflict with ·their partners, appreciated their partners\u27 humor the least. Participants also used positive humor types when they felt positively about their partners and negative humor types when they felt negative. Results emphasize importance of humor interpretation as a reflection of relationship satisfaction, which may be used in martial counseling and in generalized therapy sessions

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