Publication details [#65058]

Ruch, Willibald and Sonja Heintz. 2018. Can self-defeating humor make you happy? Cognitive interviews reveal the adaptive side of the self-defeating humor style. Humor 31 (3) : 451–472.
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De Gruyter


This inquiry uses two cognitive interview methods (thinking aloud and online cognitive probing) evaluating the self-destructive humor style, and trying to sketch its role in self-esteem and emotions. Self-defeating humor appears quite favorable for oneself and others.