Do Personality Types Have Different Styles Of Humor?

In this episode Joel and Antonia answer a listener’s question about the different styles of humor showcased by various personality types.

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In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Joel introduces this week’s question and explains why humor is a challenging subject to deconstruct.
  • What patterns has Antonia found in her own sense of humor?
  • Can humor be a mechanism to deal with pain?
  • Does it require intelligence to enjoy humor?
  • Are certain kinds of humor more likely to be funny to a particular cognitive function?
  • Why is humor so important?

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  • Sotrue
    • Sotrue
    • March 12, 2024 at 4:28 am

    “Absolutely! Just like personalities vary, so do humor styles. Imagine a stand-up comedy show where each comedian represents a different personality type – the diversity in humor would be incredible! It’s fascinating how our unique traits influence what makes us laugh. This blog sheds light on this intriguing aspect of human nature. Can’t wait to see more insights like this!”

  • Brisket Bear (INFP)
    • Brisket Bear (INFP)
    • May 10, 2022 at 11:43 am

    My understanding is how we like to have fun has to do with our child function, but we also like to see our dominant world view (our driver function) validated and/or challenged.
    As an INFP with Si child, I think my preferred humor is about the conflict between Si and Se. For example, I like to write jokes that are a new spin on tradition. But since I spend so much time in Fi, a lot of my jokes are drawn from real or mock situations where I suspect a problem is based on others being low Fi, but it’s really me being low Fe, or using my eighth function (Ti) incorrectly.
    I would not be at all surprised if someone very familiar with type could be shown a list of the jokes written by, or selected as funny by a person, and guess their type with accuracy. Would be amazing if Joel and Antonia could make something like the FIRM model for humor.
    The same could probably be done with words of wisdom quotations. For example, Jack Nicholson, and ESTP says, “Everyone gets their chance. Be ready.” Seems a Se dom statement. He also knocks Ne/Ni users when playing an ESTP in a film where he jokes, “people who speak in metaphors should (insert inappropriate metaphor).”

  • Hannu
    • Hannu
    • May 8, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Presumed ISTP here. I’ve always enjoyed slapstick and other forms of visual comedy. I relate this to my co-pilot SE. I also love Monty Python and its absurdity that were mentioned on the podcast. It might be that humor dealing with social things is more difficult for me to grasp (low FE).

  • James
    • James
    • May 6, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I’m an INTJ and I think it’s more so nurture not nature that leads to the trends. Unlike Joseph the INTJ, I like toilet humor, certain comedies like Kung Pow, History of the world, Space Balls, Monty Python and dark humor like sarcasm t-shirts, puns, witty humor like parodies in songs (Weird Al) etc.

    I don’t really enjoy stupid humor like Jackass, or World’s funniest home movies, or seeing people getting hurt.

    I wonder if this is more Enneagram related since that is based more so on Nurture not nature….

  • Brian Kelly
    • Brian Kelly
    • May 6, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Absolutely there is a difference. Sensors like the observational type of humor. Thinkers like more witty, word plays and situations that shows how much smarter they are as thinkers than anyone else (compared to the goofy among us) because they think ahead. Intuitive likes flips from reality into abstract thinking and the world of unreality and quasi-plausible situations that either work our or don’t. Feelers like heart warming jokes with surprise endings. This is an interesting topic. In grad school, I was part of a research studying looking at joke telling ability as a measure of cognitive complexity in children. We interviewed 100’s of kids in an elementary school. We asked the two questions (1) what makes you laugh and (2) can you tell me something funny and did audio recordigns. Jokes did not appear until upper elementary because you have to have enough cognitive ability to see the slant on reality in a joke or story then tell it with the right pacing and mannerisms and with good timing to land on the funny punch line or the resolution to the story. It differed by the boys and girls. The boys used bathroom humor beginning in 4th or 5th grade. The girls told funny stories or cute one liners in 4th or 5th grade also. Jokes adults could laugh at began around 6th and 7th grade. We did not interview any high school students. I subscribe to the Drybar comedy app on iPhone. It’s basically clean humor on demand. Some of the comedians are hilarious and other leave me cold. I think it has to do with the comedic ability but the ones that ultra sarcastic or too critical turn me cold as an ENFJ. The relationship and observational humor comedians that usually talk about their kids or funny sitations that happened to them in life crack me up and tickle my funny bone. I love a hearty gut laugh on goofy things like this. Just my 2 cents.

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