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The function of humor in relation to affects: A longitudinal case study
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 1, no 3, p. 167-177Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of the present study was to try to understand humor´s function, viewed from a developmental and affect-theoretical perspective, with special emphasis on the shame affect. The methodological approach has entailed a case study, the case of Beatus, which has been a longitudinal attempt based on qualitative interview data collected over a period of 17 years. The findings showed how awareness of humor in relation to the affects´function (appropriateness in time and space) and importance (clarity at the signal level) increased as Beatus grew older. The metaphor "door-opener" is emphasized for humor´s function in relation to all affects, Whereas the metaphor "moderator" refers to humor´s role in balancing the shame affect against the positive affects. The "pendulation function" is stressed. In the theeoretical deicussion, the term "humor-attunement" is coind. This represents a process-related concept, defined as a capacity to share inner affective states, intergrated with a cognitive perception and understanding of humor´s content and form, appropriately timed to the social context. The discussion also advances a line of thought wherein the driving force or motivation is the affect and humor is the consequence, which guides attention in a particular direction. © 2006 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.

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London: Taylor & Francis, 2006. Vol. 1, no 3, p. 167-177
Keywords [en]
Humor, function, affects, shame, well-being, case study
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-17611DOI: 10.1080/17482620600789412Scopus ID: s2.0-50549099264OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-17611DiVA, id: diva2:525291
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