The global outbreak of Covid-19 continues to kill thousands of people, and the Internet does not stop joking about coronavirus. What is it? An act of mockery aimed at insulting other people’s feelings? Or other options are possible …
Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist, became famous not only for the widely known “Maslow Pyramid”, but also for other studies. In particular, he investigated the behavior of great people and found that they had a very developed philosophical sense of humor – it was not aimed at other people, but at its relationship with the world.
Ernest Hemingway once remarked:
“If you allow yourself to joke, people don’t take you seriously. And these same people do not understand that there is much that cannot be sustained if not joking.”
The theme of humor as a stress regulator has long been popular in the scientific world.
The idea of one of the studies was based on a comparative analysis of shifts in the immunity of participants in experiments viewing specially selected materials (pictures, videos, television programs, etc.). The level of immunity was determined by the content of antibodies in saliva. Studies show that increasing immunity in people who looked at funny pictures and stories increased on average within an hour. And in people who relate to themselves and the world with humor, the average antibody content is constantly at a higher level.
The findings of scientists are as follows:
- the action of humor, as a mechanism for regulating emotions, enhances positive feelings (pleasure, joy) and weakens situational anxiety, depression and anger;
- the ability to respond to stress with humor is considered an important advantage of a person, since humor performs a resource function, increasing the effectiveness of coping behavior by changing the emotional state and re-evaluating the situation;
- the immune system is strengthened, the activity of chemical metabolism and coordination of nervous processes increase.
Exposure to humor has a psychotherapeutic effect – a look at the world becomes more positive and the emotional effects of stressors are mitigated.