The Inter Vention

Humor is considered to be one of the more adaptive defense mechanisms. Gallows humor and self-humor have helped many people to survive exposure to very traumatic experiences.

However, when humor is allowed to continue within a therapy group, it prevents the patient from accessing the feelings behind the humor and prevents the working through of the trauma. This is specifically salient in an all-male group where humor is mostly used as a defense against the cultural stereotype of "being a man." A man does not express vulnerable feelings.

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