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I read this in a personality type book and I was wondering what everyone thinks about the validity of it.

I read that when joking around and making jokes about people, extraverts tend to make jokes about other people and introverts tend to make jokes about themselves. I'm an introvert, and I've noticed that for me this is true...while I sometimes make jokes about other people, I'm a lot more likely to make jokes about myself.


So I have two questions:

1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?
 

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1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?
1. No. It's not true.

2. I make jokes about anyone (myself included). Honestly though, my jokes often target things and organizations/groups and not people.
 

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I don't know what my MBTI type is, but if I make jokes they're mostly directed towards other people, not myself.
 

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I suppose that would be based on the idea of introverts being focused inward and extroverts being outwardly focused. But the idea of making jokes about yourself or about others doesn't really make sense to me from my experience with my family. Their humor is more representative of their cognitive functions. My sister is an INTJ and usually uses sarcastic humor that is aimed at other people and some of the dumb things they do or say lol. My mom(INFJ) has a silly sense of humor that is obviously aimed at just getting people to have a good time and share a laugh with her. My dad is an ISTJ, and he'll usually make observations and try to get people to laugh, but he seems to base it off of what he thinks specific people will find funny from his experience. I haven't noticed that any of them seem to joke more about themselves. I just have random humor that can range from extremely silly, to self-deprecating, to irreverent, to sarcastic...I do joke about myself sometimes xD
 
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I read this in a personality type book and I was wondering what everyone thinks about the validity of it.

I read that when joking around and making jokes about people, extraverts tend to make jokes about other people and introverts tend to make jokes about themselves. I'm an introvert, and I've noticed that for me this is true...while I sometimes make jokes about other people, I'm a lot more likely to make jokes about myself.


So I have two questions:

1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?
I joke about everyone, everything, and myself.
 

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Interesting. Of course, this is an extremely small sample group, but so far it appears that there's no direct correlation between E/I and the focus of someone's jokes.

Since I'm an ISFJ, it's possible that the reason of my own focus could be due partly to my feeling nature (or the I and F together), maybe to my whole ISFJ type, or maybe factors outside of personality type. Hard to say which, though I think at least part of it can be attributed to me being ISFJ.


I think for me the thing is that I'm very sensitive about hurting other people's feelings. To me that's one of the worst feelings in the world...to know that I've hurt someone emotionally, even in a little way. I think a lot of that goes back to my own experiences as a kid. Anyway...I think I have a tendency to joke about myself because I know what I'm comfortable with and I can make people laugh with full confidence I won't hurt anyone.

That's not to say that I never make jokes about other people. But it's usually people that I'm extremely close with...people that I have confidence won't be hurt.

The more I think about it the more I see how this relates to other ISFJ qualities, particularly the serving nature.


Thanks everyone for the responses! I've found it quite interesting.
 
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So I have two questions:

1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?

1.) I'm an introvert, and I tend to make light of anything that has a consistently negative turn/feel. I try to get people involved and not isolated with a joke. I usually say something indirect because a direct joke isn't all that funny to me...doesn't get the brain fired up, or my intuition involved; remember, being and INFJ, you intuit...I usually laugh at my own impressions than that of the joke by itself it's kind of complicated lol

2.) I also think that jokes are more based on perspective and experience not so much on I/E or any other cognitive function. An introvert can talk about generally the same things as an extrovert, and this comes from the berth and wideness of their experiences...actually when I open up to people about my experiences I try to 'make light' of them, and lay a scene/image in their mind of the situation...it works like a CHARM because alot of people I joke with can 'see' me in those situations....I use peoples sense of imagery/intuition/imagination to get them to see things.

Slap-stick humor is situationally funny, but it's not funny in general to me...it's like someone puts a big sign over it, and says "IT'S FUNNY!! LAUGH" and I'm like, "Well, not to me, but I'll laugh if you need me too" and then I do laugh!
 

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I usually make jokes about others (I'm an introvert) but I do make them about myself too. Actually I'm not sure if they are jokes, I just like pointing out funny quirks or observations I've made of others. Especially when nobody else has noticed them!

I find it kinda hard to make a joke about myself because it feels like I'm bringing too much of myself into the outer world - maybe it's just how I make jokes, I always relate them to personality for some reason. Not necessarily MBTI, but I often point out aspects of somebody's personality in a humorous way. "Harry is so gullible he'd believe the world is flat if we told him!" That kinda thing.

I think I'd make a lot more jokes about myself if I weren't so determined not to appear arrogant/self-important. xD
 
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l'll go ahead and make the disclaimer that nothing applies 100% of the time, just so l don't sound like an asshole. l do agree in the case of a lot of extroverts.

IDK though, now that l'm thinking about it l wonder how much T/F dom plays a role. l notice introverted feelers are more likely to be self-deprecating while ExFx seem more likely to make jokes at the expense of others.

IME both extroverted and thinkers tend to go for a lot of observational humor.
 

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I don't make jokes about myself or others, well not really anyways. I don't try to make people laugh much to begin with.

Sometimes I will tease friends or family, but usually feel horrible and condescending and mean immediately after, even though it's clear I still love and appeciate them anyways.

I might laugh at myself sometimes when I've done something like run into a wall or blanked out when someone asked my name, but mostly stay away from the self-deprecating humor as well because I'm already the kind of person who tends to gets picked on...I'm not going to do that to myself nor encourage others to do so.

I do tell stories of things I've done or that have happened to me in a way the exaggerates the situation to make it funny, but that I think is a little different from actually making fun of myself. When I tell things like this I'm not focusing on how stupid I was, but I think it's more like.....inviting people to imagine what it was like in this ridiculous situation - to identify with me in the feelings/experience because everyone has moments like that and can probably relate. I will also tell funny stories that I have seen or which other people have told about themselves.
 

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Ha ha...I made this thread a few days after I joined PerC two years ago...back when I didn't know much about the MBTI. I've learned a lot since then, and I definitely don't think there's s connection between humor and just I vs. E. I do think that ISFJs might focus this type of humor inwards because we generally don't like hurting others' feelings...but I don't know if there's anything else about it that plays into the topic.
 

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I haven't really observed this as an introvert/extrovert thing. :unsure:

Could this be related to submission vs. dominance? A person putting themselves in the more vulnerable position (because they want others to feel more comfortable or because they honestly feel that way) would be more likely to mock themselves.

Someone putting themselves above (as a critic or as a display of strength) would be more likely to mock others.

So that could depend on the circumstance ... someone who usually mocks themselves because they dislike putting others in the weaker position might switch to the other approach to mock a target they believe deserves it (for example: a politician).

What do you think?
 

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1. According to my friends, I use a variety of humor. On one hand, I use self-deprecating humor, which is targeted towards myself. I sometimes feign arrogance to highlight the self-deprecating humor ironically, if that makes sense? However, in contrast, I tease my friends mercilessly and use observational humor a lot, which is focused on the external world. I also narrate things in the form of an internal monologue, though that's just me be quirky ^^

2. Considering that I test as an extrovert whose extroversion and introversion aren't too far apart, I consider myself only slightly more extroverted than introverted...which would make sense since I use both types of humor. However, I doubt the two types of humor could be split merely by E and I. In example, when I use self-deprecating humor, I feel that stems from a high degree of self-awareness that I have and perhaps confidence issues when I was younger? Self-awareness is something I believe many NFs possess, since they wish to understand themselves, so I'm assuming self-deprecating humor is used a lot. On the other hand, I tend to people watch and be very attentive to my friends, which I believe is probably an Fe trait. But! I did notice that my ESFJ also uses self-deprecating humor as well and pokes fun at people she's close to, which may mean humor could be based off of dominant function?
 

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I don't really joke about people, others or myself. It's more like things 'n stuff, and good 'ol illogicies.
I do like engrishfunny and other failblogs, so that might count as laughing at other people though : ) To laugh at oneself sounds kind of self-deprecating
 
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