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Humour as a micro-process in psychotherapy

From destructive to constructive humor along an interactional and experiential therapy

ARTICLEJef Donders - 58–4 (2020)

SUMMARY

The use of humour is ever-present in our society, in my own life and in that of my clients. Despite this, I noticed how little is written about the way we can relate to this as a psychotherapist. In literature I found a couple of ways to better understand the use of humour and I tried to integrate these insights within an experiential and interactional framework. Some examples illustrate the complexity of humour as a micro-process in psychotherapy.

KEYWORDS

humour, experiential, interactional, micro-process, growth