Therapeutic Use of Humor in Antisocial Personalities


Therapeutic use of humor in patients with antisocial personality disorders is scarcely studied until now. However, therapeutic use of humor could contribute to a growth of social-emotional and moral awareness and capacities, enhancement of self-insight and reality testing, and associated therapeutic progress in these patients. Suggestions are made for a) adequate and safe use of humor in the therapeutic context, and b) effective selection of patients. More research is needed into the effects and adequate strategies of therapeutic humor in different categories of antisocial patients. Furthermore, it is also necessary to investigate how humor could be integrated well in various psychotherapeutic approaches

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@article{Martens2004TherapeuticUO, title={Therapeutic Use of Humor in Antisocial Personalities}, author={Willem H. J. Martens}, journal={Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy}, year={2004}, volume={34}, pages={351-361} }