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Running head: HUMOR Concept Analysis: Humor Name Course Tutor’s Name 20th, February 2012 Concept Analysis There is overwhelming evidence suggesting that humor has important health benefits to patients. Indeed, humor has been widely recognized by different professional fields as a constructive and genuine therapeutic intervention.
However, different aspects of humor need to be understood at a great depth in order to apply the humor concept for the benefit of patients. Therefore, this concept analysis paper will discuss the concept of humor as it applies in nursing. A brief literature review will accompany various definitions from different professions. The antecedents, criteria, and consequences of humor will be discussed. Finally, a personal definition, interpretation, and application of the concept will be discussed. Humor There are many definitions of humor depending on the field of study. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, humor is the aspect of recognizing and responding to ludicrous or absurdly incongruous. A more realistic definition is available on various websites. Although website definitions may not be backed by theoretical foundations, they express the concept in nonprofessional terms. For instance, CTCA (2011) defines humor simply as a natural feeling of happiness that results from interpretation of a humorous situation. It is a feeling that brings the emotion of happiness. Humor is claimed to be a health and awareness booster especially for patients with conditions such as cancer. Philosophers see humor as explicitly as the ability of a person to be affected by a humorous situation or phenomena. Philosophers argue that it is possible for humor to be negative. ...
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