Sense Of Humor

What Causes Poor Sense Of Humor?

Poor sense of humor can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose poor sense of humor, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "poor sense of humor" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Paranoia
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
a suspicious nature
recent oily hair
ecstasy use
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
an average-stress lifestyle
occasional rotten egg burps
being very skinny
absent sexual desire
past heroin/morphine use
unexplained sadness/crying
premenstrual weight gain
jumpiness
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of poor sense of humor:
Cause Probability Status
Depression 93% Confirm
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 16% Unlikely
Stress 2% Ruled out
Paranoia 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the General Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about sense of humor:
Do you have a good sense of humor?
Possible responses:
→ No, very little / none
→ Usually not
→ I'd say I'm about average / don't know
→ Yes, better than average
→ Yes, over the top
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either poor sense of humor or good sense of humor, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Depression

Loss of one's appreciation of the rewarding aspects of humor is a frequent and fairly specific symptom of depression.

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