Humor can reflect the healthy release of feelings during the counseling process, the type of emotional release that leads to significant therapeutic gains. It can also be a disturbing distraction, possibly causing early termination, if used inappropriately. Counselors need to exert particular caution before attempting to apply humor in working with a client from a culture different from the counselor's. This article explores the available literature and offers contributions on the subject from 4 "ethnically diverse" perspectives. Finally, a general approach based on existential theory is presented along with 5 general conditions to ascertain the appropriate use of humor.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Counseling and Development|
|State||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology