The Four Styles of Humor

four styles of humor

One of the most common questions I get about using humor is, “How do I make sure it’s appropriate?” Previously, we’ve talked about the importance of understanding your Humor MAP. That’s definitely still true. But another thing that can help is to understand the four styles of humor (as defined by Rod A Martin). These styles… Read more

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The Psychology of Productivity

A reader sent along this interesting article on the psychology of productivity that shares some ideas on how to be more productive. Included in the article are links to a number of different studies and ideas on what makes us productive. My main takeaway from the writeup is that there are no one size fits… Read more

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You Just Gotta Laugh

An article on nursetogether shares some of the reasons why laughter is healthy, not just physically but psychologically as well.  Some of the benefits include: Laughing teaches us it’s OK to be out of control. Laughing brings us into the moment. Laughing helps us think more clearly. For more benefits, and a list of ways… Read more

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Psychology, Laughter and Humor

I recently found a fascinating presentation by Alleen Nilsen and Don L.F. Nilsen that explores the psychology of humor.  The PowerPoint contains more slides for references than it does content, so you know it’s a great consolidated work of a number of studies looking at humor and psychology. Some highlights from the presentation include a… Read more

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