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Coping Mechanism

  • By: Doosje Sibe
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

It is important to understand coping mechanisms well because coping may have a regulatory effect on our emotions, our social relationships, and sometimes even our physical health. In this entry, the relationship between coping, stressors, and stress responses is explained. The role of humorous coping in this process is also introduced. Finally, the role of humorous coping with regard to our well-being is described.

Coping

Coping may be described as an effort by the individual to adapt to threatening or difficult situations called stressors. Stressors (e.g., the sudden encounter with a fast driving car or a roaring bear) may invoke the so-called stress response, which is accompanied by bodily responses preparing an individual to deal actively with or move away from the stressor (the fight-or-flight response). Basically ...

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