Humor, used judiciously, can help to promote insight by resolving paradoxes, tempering aggressing, brining repressed material to consciousness, and revealing new options. It is a socially acceptable form of sublimation. Humor that leads to laughter can provide biochemical changes that can be beneficial for psychiatric patients and that can help them feel better physically. Assess patient to determine how he/she learns information best:

  • Use spoken jokes or humorous statements with auditories
  • Use written or visual humor with visuals
  • Act out the joke or humorous information with kinesthetics

Use simple cartoons (humor that requires fewer steps in understanding) when working with patients who have difficulty making decisions. (Schwartz, Enid A., RN, MA, MC. Infusing Humor into Healthcare. p 87-90. CE Express.)