Humour Styles and Personality

Self Deprecating Humour Scale

 

Rawlings, M. R & Findlay, B.M. (2014). A scale for self-deprecating humour. Paper Presented at Australasian Humour Conference, Wellington NZ.

 

This is the scale given to participants:

 

Below is a list of statements. Please look at each in turn, and indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement, using the following scale:

 

1 = Strongly disagree

2 = Disagree

3= Neither agree nor disagree

4 = Agree

5 = Strongly agree

 

  1. Laughing at myself helps me not to take myself too seriously.
  2. When I am with others and I make a mistake, I make a joke about it and everyone relaxes.
  3. I feel comfortable when I make jokes about my imperfections
  4. When I make fun of myself, I know it’s a joke and everyone else knows it’s a joke.
  5. When I joke about my faults I feel more comfortable about them.
  6. I make fun about my mistakes because I am comfortable with them
  7. I feel comfortable making jokes about myself.
  8. I exaggerate my bad points to make people laugh.
  9. People like me when I tell humorous stories about myself.
  10. I make fun of myself before others do it.
  11. I make up jokes or humorous stories about my troubles.
  12. I make jokes about my being inept.
  13. I use humour to exaggerate my woes to others.

About this scale (use citation above):

 

Different than self defeating because it involves irony – where the person is putting themselves down, but they don’t actually believe it.

 

Can be divided into personal and social subscales:

 

Personal items (Cronbach alpha = .88)

  • Laughing at myself helps me not to take myself too seriously.
  • When I am with others and I make a mistake, I make a joke about it and everyone relaxes.
  • I feel comfortable when I make jokes about my imperfections with my friends.
  • When I make fun of myself, I know it’s a joke and everyone else knows it’s a joke.
  • When I joke about my faults I feel more comfortable about them.
  • I make fun about my mistakes because I am comfortable with them.
  • I feel comfortable making jokes about myself.

 

Social items (Cronbach alpha = .81)

  • I exaggerate my bad points to make people laugh.
  • People like me when I tell humorous stories about myself.
  • I make fun of myself before others do it.
  • I make up jokes or humorous stories about my troubles.
  • I make jokes about my being inept
  • I use humour to exaggerate my woes to others.

These subscales are correlated with subscales from the HSQ:

 

PersonalSdepH       socialSdepH

Affhum                     .40**                            .25**

SEhum                     .46**                            .11*

Agghum                    .13**                            .27**

SDhum                     .26**                            .57**

 

The overall score from this scale is correlated with emotional intelligence (r = .25, p < .01)

 

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