Humor and Health Promotion

Paola Gremigni, PhD (Editor)
Psychometrics and Methodology in Health Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy

Series: Health Psychology Research Focus
BISAC: HEA032000

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Interest in humor has grown in recent years, especially in relation to its clinical applications. Humor helps relax, improve relationships with others, and reduce negative emotions such as anger. A person who suffers from psychological distress, can learn to open up to others through humor, to complain less, and to transform her mood in a positive way and find constructive solutions to her problems.

Therapeutic action can help with humor change and improve the management of several diseases (both somatic and mental). Therefore, humor can play a vital role in promoting general and mental well-being. It may seem difficult to measure the health benefits of laughter, but a number of scientific studies done in a clinical setting support the benefits of humor therapy. The aim of this book is to show how humor can become a valuable tool for working in health professions. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Preface

Chapter 1 - The Psychology of Humor (pp. 1-14)
Alberto Dionigi and Paola Gremigni (Department of Education, University of Macerata, Italy and others)

Chapter 2 - Humor Theories (pp. 15-44)
Alberto Dionigi (Department of Education, University of Macerata, Italy)

Chapter 3 - Functions and Meanings of Smile and Laughter (pp. 45-58)
Luisa Bonfiglioli and Pio Enrico Ricci Bitti (Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy)

Chapter 4 - A Model of Humor Syntony: From Failed to Successful Humor in Interaction (pp. 59-78)
Carla Canestrari (Research Centre for Psychology of Communication, University of Macerata, Italy)
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Chapter 5 - A Temperament Approach to Humor (pp. 79-112)
Willibald Ruch and Jennifer Hofmann (Institute for Psychology, Personality and Assessment, University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Chapter 6 - Irony, Surprise and Humor (pp. 113-132)
Roberto Caterina and Iolanda Incasa (Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy)

Chapter 7 - Humor and Children (pp. 133-148)
Alessandra Farneti and Reinhard Tschiesner (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)

Chapter 8 - Is Humor the Best Medicine? (pp. 149-172)
Paola Gremigni (Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy)

Chapter 9 - Humor and Mental Health (pp. 173-188)
Paola Gremigni (Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy)

Chapter 10 - Humor in Psychotherapy (pp. 188-212)
Alberto Dionigi (Department of Education, University of Macerata, Italy)

Chapter 11 - Clowns in Hospitals (pp. 213-228)
Alberto Dionigi, Roberto Flangini and Paola Gremigni (Department of Education, University of Macerata, Italy and others)

Chapter 12 - Gelotophobia: The Fear of Being Laughed at (pp. 229-252)
Tracey Platt and Giovannantonio Forabosco (University of Zurich, Switzerland and others)

Chapter 13 - Humor Measurement (pp. 1253-274)
Giulia Casu and Paola Gremigni (Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy)

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