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:
premenstrual bloating/weight gain
being able to stay up late
sudden shortness of breath
short-term memory failure
frequent night terrors
regular night terrors
occasional bowel movement changes
long work hours
stiff neck
severe sexual abuse during childhood
heart racing/palpitations
craving for salt
... and more than 80 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
Stress 95% Confirm
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 29% Unlikely
Paranoia 5% Ruled out
Depression 0% 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:

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

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