The Humor Styles Questionnaire (HSQ) was developed by psychologist Rod Martin, author of The Psychology of Humor. You can use this test to find out your dominant humor style- the type of humor that you like most and engage in most often.
Humor is the glue of relationships and studies show that people with a sense of humor are perceived to be more confident. Having a sense of humor simply means that you have the ability to ‘sense’ humor i.e. you find certain things funny that make you laugh. People who have a sense of humor are often funny themselves and so have a particular combination of humor styles.
Specifically, four humor styles have been identified- Affiliative humor, Self-enhancing humor, Aggressive humor and Self-defeating humor. The first two are positive (healthy) styles and the last two are negative (unhealthy).
This questionnaire will measure your score on each of the four humor styles. Each of us is a combination of all four of these styles. However, what’s interesting about this questionnaire is that it tells you whether your styles are predominantly healthy or unhealthy. If your scores are high on Affiliative and Self-enhancing humor, your style of humor is predominantly healthy. If your scores are high on Aggressive and Self-defeating humor, your style is predominantly unhealthy.
Taking the humor styles test
The Humor Styles Questionnaire consists of 32 items and you have to answer each item on a 7-point scale ranging from ‘Totally disagree’ to ‘Totally agree’. Choose the option that best applies to you most of the time. The test takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Your personal information will not be taken and your scores will not be shared with anyone.
Martin, R.A., Puhlik-Doris, P., Larsen, G., Gray, J., and Weir, K. (2003). Individual differences in uses of humor and their relation to psychological well-being: Development of the Humor Styles Questionnaire. Journal of Research in Personality, 37, 48-75.