Humor as a Therapeutic Technique. Joseph Farese LADC, TEAP Specialist Suzanne Martin PsyD, Regional MHS. How would you define therapeutic humor ?. Psychological Benefits of Humor. Stimulates alertness and memory Enhances learning and creativity Promotes relaxation
Joseph Farese LADC, TEAP Specialist
Suzanne Martin PsyD, Regional MHS
Saper, Bernard (1990). The therapeutic use of humor for psychiatric disturbances in adolescents and adults, Psychiatric Quarterly, 61(4): 261-272.
Source: Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, 2004.
Saper, Bernard (1990). The therapeutic use of humor for psychiatric disturbances in adolescents and adults. Psychiatric Quarterly, 61(4): 261-272.
Self-deprecating humor relies on the observation of something negative about the person delivering the commentary.
Once a person can separate from their problems, the problems become more manageable.
The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) is an international community of professionals who incorporate humor into their daily lives. AATH is the leader in providing evidence-based information about current research and practical applications of humor.
Stress Relievers96% of Executives Choose Employees With Sense of Humor
Source: The Creative Group, A Robert Half International Company, 2004
Humor not only helps relieve distress and fights environmental toxins when they occur, it also regenerates our psychological "antibodies" so that the impact of the toxins is minimal. This regeneration helps sustain resilience.
Laughter helps protect the therapist from burnout and compassion fatigue.Prevent Burnout
(includes links to the International Society for Humor Studies and the International Journal of Humor Studies)