Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

HUMOR

International Journal of Humor Research

Editor-in-Chief: Ford, Thomas E.


IMPACT FACTOR 2017: 0.660
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.059

CiteScore 2017: 1.27

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.415
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 1.228

Online
ISSN
1613-3722
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 21, Issue 1

Issues

The fear of being laughed at: Individual and group differences in Gelotophobia

Willibald Ruch / René T Proyer
Published Online: 2008-02-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HUMOR.2008.002

Abstract

Single case studies led to the discovery and phenomenological description of Gelotophobia and its definition as the pathological fear of appearing to social partners as a ridiculous object (Titze 1995, 1996, 1997). The aim of the present study is to empirically examine the core assumptions about the fear of being laughed at in a sample comprising a total of 863 clinical and non-clinical participants. Discriminant function analysis yielded that gelotophobes can be separated from other shame-based neurotics, non-shame-based neurotics, and controls. Separation was best for statements specifically describing the gelotophobic symptomatology and less potent for more general questions describing socially avoidant behaviors. Factor analysis demonstrates that while Gelotophobia is composed of a set of correlated elements in homogenous samples, overall the concept is best conceptualized as unidimensional. Predicted and actual group membership converged well in a cross-classification (approximately 69% of correctly classified cases). Overall, it can be concluded that the fear of being laughed at varies tremendously among adults and might hold a key to understanding certain forms of humorlessness.

Keywords: bullying; Gelotophobia; laughter; mobbing; ridicule

About the article

Published Online: 2008-02-18

Published in Print: 2008-02-01


Citation Information: Humor – International Journal of Humor Research, Volume 21, Issue 1, Pages 47–67, ISSN (Online) 1613-3722, ISSN (Print) 0933-1719, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HUMOR.2008.002.

Export Citation

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

[1]
A. Lubavskaya, I. Oleichik, and E.M. Ivanova
Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2018, Volume 7, Number 3, Page 119
[2]
Ching-Lin Wu, Yu-Chen Chan, and Hsueh-Chih Chen
International Journal of Psychology, 2018
[3]
Susan Grennan, Arlene Mannion, and Geraldine Leader
Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
[4]
Geraldine Leader, Susan Grennan, June L. Chen, and Arlene Mannion
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
[5]
Ching-Lin Wu, Yi-Ting Huang, Pin-Yu Wang, and Hsueh-Chih Chen
International Journal of Psychology, 2018
[6]
Helmut K. Lackner, Katharina Reiter-Scheidl, Nilüfer Aydin, Corinna M. Perchtold, Elisabeth M. Weiss, and Ilona Papousek
International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2018, Volume 128, Page 1
[7]
Nektaria Tagalidou, Viola Loderer, Eva Distlberger, and Anton-Rupert Laireiter
Frontiers in Psychology, 2018, Volume 9
[8]
Meng-Ning Tsai, Ching-Lin Wu, Lei-Pin Tseng, Chih-Pei An, and Hsueh-Chih Chen
Frontiers in Psychology, 2018, Volume 9
[9]
Anna Milanowicz, Adam Tarnowski, and Barbara Bokus
Frontiers in Psychology, 2017, Volume 8
[10]
Jennifer Hofmann, Tracey Platt, Willibald Ruch, and René T. Proyer
SAGE Open, 2015, Volume 5, Number 2, Page 215824401558119
[11]
Michael M. Havranek, Fleur Volkart, Bianca Bolliger, Sophie Roos, Maximilian Buschner, Ramin Mansour, Thomas Chmielewski, Katharina Gaudlitz, Josef Hättenschwiler, Erich Seifritz, Willibald Ruch, and Camillo Gualtieri
PLOS ONE, 2017, Volume 12, Number 11, Page e0188024
[12]
Pınar Dursun, İlker Dalğar, Kay Brauer, Ercüment Yerlikaya, and Réne T. Proyer
Current Psychology, 2017
[13]
Fa-Chung Chiu, Chih-Chun Hsu, Yao-Nan Lin, Hsueh-Chih Chen, and Cheng-Hong Liu
Thinking Skills and Creativity, 2017, Volume 24, Page 286
[14]
Jennifer Hofmann, Willibald Ruch, René T. Proyer, Tracey Platt, and Fabian Gander
Frontiers in Psychology, 2017, Volume 8
[15]
Liesbeth Mann, Allard R. Feddes, Anne Leiser, Bertjan Doosje, and Agneta H. Fischer
Frontiers in Psychology, 2017, Volume 8
[16]
Elisabeth M. Weiss, Günter Schulter, H. Harald Freudenthaler, Ellen Hofer, Natascha Pichler, Ilona Papousek, and Allan Siegel
PLoS ONE, 2012, Volume 7, Number 5, Page e38088
[17]
Lauren Olin
Philosophy Compass, 2016, Volume 11, Number 6, Page 338
[18]
Cheng-Hong Liu, Po-Sheng Huang, Jen-Ho Chang, Ching-Yi Lin, and Ching-Chun Huang
Learning and Individual Differences, 2016, Volume 45, Page 43
[19]
Ilona Papousek, Günter Schulter, Christian Rominger, Andreas Fink, and Elisabeth M. Weiss
Psychiatry Research, 2016, Volume 235, Page 61
[20]
Lucie Lauermanová, Dana Štěrbová, and Martin Kudláček
Tělesná kultura, 2014, Volume 37, Number 1, Page 39
[21]
Ching-Lin Wu, Chih-Pei An, Lei-Pin Tseng, Hsueh-Chih Chen, Yu-Chen Chan, Shu-Ling Cho, and Meng-Ling Tsai
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2015, Volume 10, Page 116
[23]
Willibald F. Ruch, Tracey Platt, Jennifer Hofmann, Radosław Niewiadomski, Jérôme Urbain, Maurizio Mancini, and Stéphane Dupont
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2014, Volume 8
[24]
Róbert Ďurka and Willibald Ruch
Personality and Individual Differences, 2015, Volume 72, Page 177
[25]
Willibald Ruch, Jennifer Hofmann, and Tracey Platt
Personality and Individual Differences, 2015, Volume 72, Page 117
[26]
Willibald Ruch and René T. Proyer
Swiss Journal of Psychology, 2008, Volume 67, Number 1, Page 19
[27]
Ilona Papousek, Nilüfer Aydin, Helmut K. Lackner, Elisabeth M. Weiss, Markus Bühner, Günter Schulter, Canice Charlesworth, and H. Harald Freudenthaler
Psychophysiology, 2014, Volume 51, Number 11, Page 1112
[28]
Shanmukh Vasant Kamble, René T. Proyer, and Willibald Ruch
Psychological Studies, 2014, Volume 59, Number 4, Page 337
[29]
Cheng-Hong Liu, Fa-Chung Chiu, Hsueh-Chih Chen, and Ching-Yi Lin
Motivation and Emotion, 2014, Volume 38, Number 3, Page 367
[30]
René T. Proyer, Sara Wellenzohn, and Willibald Ruch
The Journal of Psychology, 2014, Volume 148, Number 1, Page 113
[31]
René T. Proyer, Lukas E. Meier, Tracey Platt, and Willibald Ruch
Social Psychology of Education, 2013, Volume 16, Number 3, Page 399
[32]
René T. Proyer and Monica Neukom
International Journal of Psychology, 2013, Volume 48, Number 6, Page 1191
[33]
Tracey Platt, Jennifer Hofmann, Willibald Ruch, and René T. Proyer
Motivation and Emotion, 2013, Volume 37, Number 4, Page 776
[37]
René T. Proyer, Rahel Flisch, Stefanie Tschupp, Tracey Platt, and Willibald Ruch
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 2012, Volume 35, Number 4, Page 263
[38]
A.C. Samson, P. Thibault, R.T. Proyer, and W. Ruch
Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée/European Review of Applied Psychology, 2010, Volume 60, Number 4, Page 247
[39]
Guo-Hai Chen and Yong Liu
Psychological Reports, 2012, Volume 110, Number 1, Page 25
[40]
Willibald Ruch and René T. Proyer
Personality and Individual Differences, 2009, Volume 46, Number 5-6, Page 627
[41]
René T. Proyer, Tracey Platt, and Willibald Ruch
Personality and Individual Differences, 2010, Volume 49, Number 1, Page 54
[42]
Ilona Papousek, Willibald Ruch, H. Harald Freudenthaler, Eva Kogler, Brigitte Lang, and Günter Schulter
Personality and Individual Differences, 2009, Volume 47, Number 1, Page 58
[44]
Martin Führ, René T. Proyer, and Willibald Ruch
Nordic Psychology, 2009, Volume 61, Number 2, Page 62
[45]
Władysław Chłopicki, Anna Radomska, René Proyer, and Willibald Ruch
Polish Psychological Bulletin, 2010, Volume 41, Number 4
[46]
Andrea C. Samson, René T. Proyer, Grazia Ceschi, Pier Paolo Pedrini, and Willibald Ruch
Swiss Journal of Psychology, 2011, Volume 70, Number 2, Page 53
[47]
Andrea C. Samson, Oswald Huber, and Willibald Ruch
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2011, Volume 41, Number 4, Page 475
[48]
Willibald Ruch
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2, Page 1
[49]
Christie Davies
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[50]
Tracey Platt and Willibald Ruch
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[51]
René T. Proyer and Willibald Ruch
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[52]
Giovannantonio Forabosco, Willibald Ruch, and Pietro Nucera
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[53]
Willibald Ruch and René T. Proyer
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[54]
Michael Titze
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[55]
Willibald Ruch, Olga Altfreder, and René T. Proyer
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[56]
Willibald Ruch, Ursula Beermann, and René T. Proyer
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[57]
René T. Proyer, Christian F. Hempelmann, and Willibald Ruch
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[58]
René T. Proyer and Willibald Ruch
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[59]
Tracey Platt
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2008, Volume 21, Number 2
[60]
René T. Proyer, Willibald Ruch, Numan S. Ali, Hmoud S. Al-Olimat, Toshihiko Amemiya, Tamirie Andualem Adal, Sadia Aziz Ansari, Špela Arhar, Gigi Asem, Nicolas Baudin, Souha Bawab, Doris Bergen, Ingrid Brdar, Rute Brites, Marina Brunner-Sciarra, Amy Carrell, Hugo Carretero Dios, Mehmet Celik, Grazia Ceschi, Kay Chang, Chen Guo-Hai, Alexander Cheryomukhin, Maria P. Y. Chik, Wladyslaw Chlopicki, Jacquelyn Cranney, Donatien Dahourou, Sibe Doosje, Margherita Dore, Nahwat El-Arousy, Emilia Fickova, Martin Führ, Joanne Gallivan, Han Geling, Lydia Germikova, Marija Giedraityte, Abe Goh, Rebeca Díaz González, Sai Kin Ho, Martina Hrebícková, Belen Jaime, Birgit Hertzberg Kaare, Shanmukh Kamble, Shahe Kazarian, Paavo Kerkkänen, Mirka Klementová, Irina M. Kobozeva, Snjezana Kovjanic, Narasappa Kumaraswamy, Martin Lampert, Chao-Chih Liao, Manon Levesque, Eleni Loizou, Rolando Díaz Loving, Jim Lyttle, Vera C. Machline, Sean McGoldrick, Margaret Mcrorie, Liu Min, René Mõttus, Margret M. Munyae, Carmen Elvira Navia, Mathero Nkhalamba, Pier Paolo Pedrini, Mirsolava Petkova, Tracey Platt, Diana-Elena Popa, Anna Radomska, Tabassum Rashid, David Rawlings, Victor J. Rubio, Andrea C. Samson, Orly Sarid, Soraya Shams, Sek Sisokohm, Jakob Smári, Ian Sneddon, Irena Snikhovska, Ekaterina A. Stephanenko, Ieva Stokenberga, Hugo Stuer, Yohana Sherly Rosalina Tanoto, Luis Tapia, Julia Taylor, Pascal Thibault, Ava Thompson, Hanna Thörn, Hiroshi Toyota, Judit Ujlaky, Vitanya Vanno, Jun Wang, Betsie Van Der Westhuizen, Deepani Wijayathilake, Peter S. O. Wong, Edgar B. Wycoff, and Eun Ja Yeun
Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 2009, Volume 22, Number 1-2
[61]
T. Platt, W. Ruch, and R.T. Proyer
Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 2010, Volume 43, Number 1, Page 36
[62]
Ilona Papousek and Günter Schulter
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2008, Volume 15, Number 4, Page 293

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in