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SEXUAL DESIRE AND THE DISSIPATION OF ANGER AROUSAL THROUGH HUMOR APPRECIATION; GENDER AND CONTENT ISSUES

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Abstract:

Previous empirical investigations have shown that an individuals approach to sexual activity and fantasy is related to the level of sexual desire. The appreciation of humor with sexual or aggressive content can be influenced by a state of sexual or aggression arousal which can then be influenced by enjoying those forms of humor. This study examined the effects of presenting humor with either sexual, aggressive or neutral content to angered and non-angered males (N=180) and females (N=180) who were differentiated for their level of sexual desire. High sexual desire subjects showed greatest enjoyment of sexual humor, but males showed the highest levels of appreciating aggressive humor. The high sexual desire subjects were able to diminish their anger through appreciation of either sexual or aggressive humor content.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1995.23.1.45

Publication date: January 1, 1995

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