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Title: Humor and personality : temperament and character have different roles
Author: Moreira, Paulo
Inman, Richard A.
Cloninger, C. Robert
Keywords: Humor
Person-centered approach
Comic style markers
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Moreira, P. A.S., Inman, R. A., & Cloninger, C. R. (2022). Humor and personality : temperament and character have different roles. Social Psychological and Personality Science. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/19485506211066369
Abstract: This study aimed to test how sense of humor is dependent on the complex and dynamic interactions between the emotional (temperament) and sociocognitive (character) components of personality. Specifically, we examined the relationship of temperament and/or character profiles to overall humor potential and comic style. In total, 665 adults responded to Cloninger’s Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) and the Comic Style Markers. Temperament profiles were associated with overall humor potential but not comic styles. People with positive development of all three character traits had the highest levels of fun, benevolent humor, and wit. Sense of humor depended on integrated profiles of both temperament and character. We conclude that temperament energizes overall humor potential while character shapes the comic styles. This study advances research by directing focus to the causal within-person psychobiological processes that underlie sense of humor.
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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Prof. Paulo Moreira, Instituto de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Universidade Lusíada, Rua de Moçambique 21 e 71, Porto 4100-348, Portugal. Email:
Peer reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1948-5514
Document Type: Article
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