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No Laughing Matter: How Humor Styles Relate to Feelings of Loneliness and Not Mattering

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Psychology Department, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 5C2, Canada
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Management and Organizational Studies, Faculty of Social Science, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 5C2, Canada
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(11), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10110165
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 19 October 2020 / Accepted: 23 October 2020 / Published: 27 October 2020
Loneliness and feeling that one does not matter are closely linked, but further investigation is needed to determine differentiating features. The relationship between not mattering to others (anti-mattering) and loneliness was explored by assessing how the two constructs correlated with an interpersonal dimension, specifically four humor styles (affiliative, self-enhancing, self-defeating, and aggressive). One hundred and fifty-eight women and 96 men completed a three-item loneliness scale, a new measure of anti-mattering, and a humor styles questionnaire. Confirmatory factor analysis results indicated that the new anti-mattering measure is a unidimensional scale. Loneliness and anti-mattering were strongly correlated, and each correlated in the same direction with approximately the same magnitude as the four humor styles. The discussion concludes that anti-mattering and loneliness are strongly linked, a finding which may be important in psychological treatment. Humor styles also play a role in psychological well-being and present a unique pathway to mental health. View Full-Text
Keywords: adult; humor; humor styles; loneliness; mattering; anti-mattering adult; humor; humor styles; loneliness; mattering; anti-mattering
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MacDonald, K.B.; Kumar, A.; Schermer, J.A. No Laughing Matter: How Humor Styles Relate to Feelings of Loneliness and Not Mattering. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 165. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10110165

AMA Style

MacDonald KB, Kumar A, Schermer JA. No Laughing Matter: How Humor Styles Relate to Feelings of Loneliness and Not Mattering. Behavioral Sciences. 2020; 10(11):165. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10110165

Chicago/Turabian Style

MacDonald, Kristi B., Anjali Kumar, and Julie A. Schermer. 2020. "No Laughing Matter: How Humor Styles Relate to Feelings of Loneliness and Not Mattering" Behavioral Sciences 10, no. 11: 165. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10110165

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