DOI 10.1515/humor-2013-0027 Humor 2013; 26(3): 393409 Keywords: humor, laughter, positive psychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's syndrome Andrea Samson: Department of Psychology, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg 420, Stanford, CA, 94305. E-mail: email@example.com 1Introduction Humor is a crucial component in many different contexts of everyday life. Humor can be seen as social "glue" that helps to foster relationships, it relates to positive functioning, enhances quality of life, and is important for life satisfaction (see Martin 2007; Ruch 2008). Humor has adaptive functions, as have been shown in numerous studies of humor's impact on inter-personal relationships and intrapersonal emotional functioning. However, there seems to be a population that encounters difficulties with humor. In 1944, Hans Asperger described humorlessness to be one of the characteristics of individuals with Asperger's syndrome (AS) or in a broader sense individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): An essential characteristic of these children is their humorlessness. They do not understand jokes, especially when they are targeted at themselves.... They are unable to be cheerful in a relaxed manner and do not understand the world in a peaceful way which is the basis of genuine humor. If they are occasionally in a cheerful mood,
Humor: International Journal of Humor Research – de Gruyter
Published: Jul 12, 2013
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