The bland, boring, and necessary task must be done—someone must sweep the floor. HHS For a high-power individual to hit the sweet spot with a joke to a low-power individual, s/he needs to decrease the severity or increase the social distance between the joke content and the joke-listener. Finally, we discuss potential implications beyond humor, to other social situations with border zones. 45, 529–552. Evolutionary theory predicts competition in nature yet altruistic and cooperative behaviour appears to reduce the ability to compete in order to help others compete better. Close to the border, there is often disagreement concerning attempted violations of expectations and norms, and concerning their nature as benign or malign. J. Appl. With increasing severity, more individuals will agree on the joke being bland or offensive, the expressed anger being improper, or the leadership behavior being clearly destructive. Their first point is that since culture may influence people’s beliefs about what behavior is considered appropriate for a high-power individual, power differences may not necessarily lead to asymmetric social distance in all cultures. For instance, imagine someone (with intact vision) who tells a joke about blind persons. In our view, theories of humor also need to address why people sometimes tell jokes that others may find insulting or inappropriate. This principle is perhaps reflected in the frequent practice of making jokes about people from a neighboring country. Geddes and Callister, 2007). Q. Thus, the perceived social distance between the joke-teller and the joke might be influenced by the one person’s perception of the other’s attitudes, social roles, social identities, cultural affiliation, etc. Our theoretical account is also in line with a recent empirical study by Knegtmans et al. Antonakis and Atwater, 2002). An important message of the current paper is that the BVT needs to acknowledge how culture might influence the mechanisms specified by the theory. Psychol. According to the SDTP, this may lead high-power individuals in an asymmetric relationship to display empathic inaccuracy (Magee and Smith, 2013). NIH Philos Compass 11, 338–350. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.48.9.957. Jiang et al., 2019 for a review). Cognitive dissonance. Both practitioners involved in a power-sharing arrangement and scholars who study collaborative governance usually assume a power-sharing arrangement by default in collaborative arrangements. According to this theory, two types of appraisals must be simultaneously present for something to be regarded as funny. We started by discussing the different roles of the joke-listener and joke-teller. The role of subcultures is illustrated by an empirical study by Gray and Ford (2013). J. Both sexist and sexual gender-related jokes were more likely to be perceived as sexual harassment when the joke-teller was a leader rather than a coworker. I’ve been using a 4iiii Precision Pro dual-sided power meter for the past two seasons. In line with this general focus on the social element of humor, Olin (2016) differentiated between the joke-teller and joke-listener. (1993). doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.11.001, Tepper, B. J. Even though this paper has focused on the intentional joke leading to unintentional crossings, inappropriate crossings may of course also be done intentionally (cf. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. This point is related to but not overlapping with the two previous points. Emot. These are cases where there is a sweet spot or zone between the expected and the unexpected, the in-role behavior and extra-role behavior, the normal and the non-normal, the constructive and the destructive, the expressed and the improper, the good and the bad. Passivity and silence are often required of many, as in the rise of the Nazi regime (Lewin, 1943) or with the #MeToo. The special case of Germany. Our third point concerns those cases in which the joke-teller and joke-listener have different cultural backgrounds. A violation can take the form of a threat to a person’s physical well-being, identity, or cultural, communicative, linguistic, and logical norms (Warren and McGraw, 2016; Warren et al., 2018). Organ. According to Magee and Smith (2013), this in turn may have several cognitive and emotional consequences for how the other person is perceived. Thus, we suggest the relative distance between joke-teller, joke, and joke-listener as a fourth type of social distance relevant to humor. One example would be a general practitioner who jokes with a patient about breaking doctor-patient confidentiality. The complexity of workplace humor. 18, 207–216. Not expressing anger is in the normal or unequivocally good zone. 2003 Jan 22;270(1511):199-205. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2002.2225. Bergmüller R, Johnstone RA, Russell AF, Bshary R. Behav Processes. (2000). 9:2643. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02643, Knegtmans, H., van Dijk Wilco, W., Mooijman, M., van Lier, N., Rintjema, S., and Wassink, A. Psychol. 31, 584–599. Plester, B. (New York: Macmillan Co). The former may involve frustrated low-power individuals not gaining acknowledgement from high-power listeners. The social distance to the joke would then depend on the person’s commitment or dedication to each of these. The history and identity of that larger group or culture in general could also be relevant. The BVT explains why some attempts may succeed, some may fall short, and others may overshoot the sweet spot. doi: 10.1126/science.1197754, Glasø, L., Ekerholt, K., Barman, S., and Einarsen, S. (2006). A. W. Kruglanski, and E. T. Higgins (New York, NY: Guilford Press), 353–383. Proc. Here, it is proposed that the concepts of asymmetry and symmetry in power and dominance are critical if we are ever to resolve the puzzle of altruism and cooperation towards non-kin. This video simulation on power asymmetry and principal agent dynamics by Professor Lawrence Susskind and Robert Wilkinson was designed to give students insights into the challenges surrounding difficult conversations, both with people across the table, as well as with people on their own side. Luthar, V. K., and Luthar, H. K. (2002). Psychol. Even though social distance, power, and culture are discussed separately in subsequent sections, it is important to keep their interrelatedness in mind. Public Opin. Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov, Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus, Find NCBI SARS-CoV-2 literature, sequence, and clinical content: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sars-cov-2/. In our view, a potentially important element in the relationship between the joke-teller and the joke-listener is that of power. In principle, asymmetric power might influence all four forms of social distance presented previously. (2012). You could be asked to analyse either a spoken or written text. However, because the joke-teller is the active part, s/he is perhaps more likely to actively consider these distances when preparing for a joke delivery than the joke-listener is when hearing a joke. Leader distance: a review and a proposed theory. doi: 10.1086/265642. The importance of knowing more about the social context of humor is also implicated in the current research topic. Int. Impact Factor 2.067 | CiteScore 3.2More on impact ›, Towards a Cultural Specialty on Humor Perception and Usage However, it could be relevant to other types of relationships where interdependence is less present or central than in dyads. An autobiography, or the story of my experiments with truth. Their theory is mostly concerned with dyadic relationships where power is related to interdependence. Each particle from one group is associated with a particle from the other, known as its super-partner, the … It is probably slower than group-level changes in hierarchical roles in an organization, or even in a family. RESEARCH ARTICLE 10.1002/2014WR016257 Power asymmetry in conflict resolution with application to a water pollution dispute in China Jing Yu1,2,3, D. Marc Kilgour4,5, Keith W. Hipel5,6, and Min Zhao7 1School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China, 2Research Center for International Economy and Trade, Nanjing University of Science and … However, differences between subcultures, i.e., between different cultural groups in a country as well as regional groups within a country, could also have an influence on humor perception and usage. Womack's asymmetry theory resonated well with David Kang's Pax Sinica position, though with a different line of reasoning … Even jokes that do not refer to specific people may still have contents that are relevant to the social roles, social identities, attitudes, cultural practices, values, and norms of a joke-listener. Commun. Accordingly, more is known about the sweet spot of humor in relation to these two distance dimensions than about hypothetical and social distance. (2019) largely focused on the broader cultural differences, especially those between Eastern and Western societies. 1, 255–276. Thus, cultural differences might have both a direct and an indirect influence on what is perceived as humorous. 19, 135–141. Notably, Kim and Plester (2019) also addressed the social element of humor, including the existence of multiple social roles and perspectives. (Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications). Aktas, M., Gelfand, M. J., and Hanges, P. J. In the BVT, the sweet spot of humor has to do with identifying something which is a violation of the expected, while simultaneously being benign. Cultural differences in humor perception, usage, and implications. Based on the assumption that power influences social distance, we argue that power asymmetry may explain certain disagreements over whether something is … Asymmetry in power and dominance is likely to emerge under competition in nature as individuals strive to gain greater access to the scarce resources needed to survive and reproduce successfully. “Psychological distance” in Social psychology: Handbook of basic principles. Psychol. The border may however be ambiguous, hard to define, and influenced by a variety of factors. The role of social context in the interpretation of sexist humor. One outer area being unequivocal good, in humor constituting the benign but non-funny. Finding humor in distant tragedies and close mishaps. A joke-teller may attempt both to split a crowd, hit the sweet spot with someone, while victimizing others (cf. Consequences of abusive supervision. If you attribute a well-meaning intent and infer it to be unknowingly done due to distance to the lingo of the youth, you may still laugh. It can inhibit reciprocal mechanisms in the sense that symmetric power makes it easier for a cheat to appropriate common resources while incurring fewer penalties. A theory developed to answer both questions is the Benign Violation Theory (BVT) (McGraw and Warren, 2010; McGraw et al., 2012, 2014; Warren and McGraw, 2016). doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2007.03.002, Festinger, L. (1962). (2018), who studied the influence of power on the perception of jokes. Gandhi, M. (1940). Humor, comedy, and consumer behavior. A threat is benign when perceived as “safe, harmless, acceptable, nonserious, or okay” (Warren et al., 2018, p. 5). Violent Behav. doi: 10.1037/1072-5245.13.4.399, Padilla, A., Hogan, R., and Kaiser, R. B. One limitation to empirical studies of the BVT is that they have not addressed all forms of psychological distance to an equal extent. Theory 10, 310–331. Gender-related asymmetry may for instance be found in matriarchies and patriarchies. Humor 26, 277–293. The social distance theory of power.  |  Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! Second, it applies formal international relations theory to Latin American-U.S. relations, a geographical area in which comparative political theory is more commonly utilized Asymmetry theory is a new paradigm that addresses the effects of national disparities on international relations. Geddes, D., and Callister, R. R. (2007). Psychol. We argued that the social distance between each of these and the joke, as well as the relative distance between the three, is not always identical. For instance, Swedes among themselves joking about Norwegians and vice versa, and Americans joking about Canadians. Psychol. Soc. Asymmetry in power and dominance is likely to emerge under competition in nature as individuals strive to gain greater access to the scarce resources needed to survive and reproduce successfully. According to the BVT, psychological distance reduces the tendency for people to perceive aversive stimuli or events as threatening (McGraw et al., 2014). However, with such variation, an entire team or an entire family or audience may not agree on the ratings. If benign violations may take the form of any type of behavior occurring in the narrow border areas between the acceptable and unacceptable in everyday social interaction, the theoretical implications of our arguments may be broad. USA.gov. Hofstede, G. (1980). (Academic press). This might imply a smaller (or no) overlap between the sweet spots of the two parties. It is also argued here that many apparently puzzling forms of cooperation observed in nature (e.g. We would like to thank the two reviewers and the editor for very helpful comments and suggestions. In other words, there is a “too much” in OCB, which may become offensive. (2007) exemplified as being determined by whether something happens to oneself or others, involves someone who is familiar or unfamiliar, or involves someone who belongs to an in-group or out-group. Rev. (2006). The natural home of information asymmetry within agency theory is the setting in . We focus on more stable power asymmetries deriving from hierarchical differences in organizations, and from social roles. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). (2014, p. 567), “posit the existence of a sweet spot for humor—a time period in which tragedy is not too close nor too far away to be humorous.” Throughout this paper, we use the term sweet spot synonymously with the distance range (temporal, geographical, social, or hypothetical) at which a violation is seen as benign for a given person or a dyad, and thus being potentially funny. 43, 178–190. J. Cross-Cult. Another form of distance seemingly overlooked by the BVT is the perceived/attributed social distance between the joke-teller and joke, as perceived by either party. We now turn to three components that in our view need to be included in the BVT to increase its explanatory value. (2011). Benign violations: making immoral behavior funny. Humor as a double-edged sword: four functions of humor in communication. Construal-level theory of psychological distance. In a similar vein, in a study on workplace bullying enacted by leaders, Rayner and Cooper (2003) discussed spectrum behavior. For instance, Hemmasi et al. If the high-power joke-teller is also less “empathically accurate” (cf. “Knowing athletic asymmetry helps us put athletes in enviornments to utilize asymmetry in the context of proper timing. Furthermore, action taken by subordinates to deter non-reciprocation by dominants is likely to prove prohibitively costly to their fitness, making successful enforcement of reciprocal mechanisms unlikely. Relat. (1994) asked survey respondents to indicate how likely they would be to perceive sexual and sexist humor as sexual harassment, if coming from a person of the opposite gender who was either a coworker or leader. Daily transactional and transformational leadership and daily employee engagement. A parietal α power asymmetry, A P, was defined similarly using channels P3 and P4. 10:1380. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01380. doi: 10.1177/0956797610376073, McGraw, A. P., Warren, C., Williams, L. E., and Leonard, B. In the “sweet spot” lies the potential for positive change. In contrast, a change for the worse is often diffuse and done in a series of malign violations, each of which could be minor, i.e., just passing the impropriety threshold. Thus, a violation could more easily be perceived as malign. The joke-teller’s perception of this may be likely to influence what s/he chooses to joke about. In the current paper, we specifically focus on the social component of psychological distance (cf. In addition, Smith and Trope (2006) argued that increased power leads to increased tendencies to think more abstractly, a tendency indicative of larger social distance from others. The APD family extends the generalized power distribution to cases where the data exhibits asymmetry. Social expectations may pertain to roles, but also to the activities, tasks, and goals that social relationships involve. The previous articles in this series were 1) Basic Design Principles; 2) How Our Minds React To What We See; 3) The Proximity Principle and 4) Similarity Principle in the Gestalt Theory. 7, 555–566. This is consistent with experimental findings showing that high social class predicts increased unethical behavior (Piff et al., 2012): the unethical behaviors in the experiments included ignoring shared norms, even rules, with high-social class individuals allowing themselves to break traffic rules and steal candy from children. Am. Positive & Negative Face - Levinson & Brown Hemmasi et al. Res. Our emphasis on the role of potential power asymmetry may explain why a joke-teller and a joke-listener may perceive the sweet spot to be of different size and different location. 17, 158–186. For instance, the joke-teller may feel that it is more appropriate to make jokes about events that are closer in time, geographically, or socially, than the joke-listener feels. Received: 29 March 2019; Accepted: 28 May 2019; Published: 19 June 2019. (2018). For instance, a sexist joke about women, told to a woman by a man unknown to her, and belonging to a different social or cultural group, could be perceived as more malign and offensive, and less funny, than the same joke told by a close female colleague belonging to one’s in-group. As the idiom goes, it is lonely at the top. (1994, p. 1125) concluded that “Regardless of the manager’s intent (i.e., to deliberately insult/intimidate the subordinate, or merely to innocently retell an ‘amusing’ joke), such behavior is a high-risk activity.” We will discuss power differences in section “Power Differences and the Case of Asymmetry.”. A notable similarity to our line of reasoning is that Geddes and Callister (2007) argued that culture may influence where the shared thresholds are set, in their case through an implicit agreement for each organization. The symmetry or asymmetry of a relationship is not always easily defined, as multiple factors can come into play. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12320, Örtqvist, D., and Wincent, J. doi: 10.1093/jcr/ucy015, Warren, C., and McGraw, A. P. (2016). (2007). The Relational and Structural Power of the EU in Competition Policy: Addressing Asymmetry Hikaru YOSHIZAWA EM GEM Doctoral Fellow at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) hikaru.yoshizawa@erasmusmundus-gem.eu Abstract Although there is a wide consensus among academics and practitioners that EU competition Science 332, 1100–1104. However, quasi-experimental investigations could also be used. We could also mention other social phenomena characterized by sweet spots of acceptable behavior, and where the border between the benign/acceptable and the malign is likely to be influenced by social distance, cultural norms, and power distribution. The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. Relationships of role stressors with organizational citizenship behavior: a meta-analysis. A violation that is too harmless or too severe is not funny. 13, 673–704. Cultural differences (between societies, organizations, or even families) may also influence the extent to which individuals are expected or allowed to express certain emotions. How can the basic ideas in the SDTP (Magee and Smith, 2013) be incorporated into the BVT? Our small addendum to BVT is to acknowledge two aspects. Those below may however perceive the same as a beginning avalanche. R Soc Open Sci. Questions for a theory of humor. Their second point is that cultures may differ in the extent to which they take for granted or justify power differences. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. Proc Biol Sci. (London: Springer). The ideal way to test our model would be a full factorial design testing the joint effect of distance, power, and culture on perceived severity and amusement, inspired by existing procedures (e.g., Hemmasi et al., 1994; Knegtmans et al., 2018). It draws from three strands in the literature. Manag. Front. doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2008.01.001, Keywords: benign violation theory, psychological distance, social distance, culture, power asymmetry, destructive leadership, anger, humor perception, Citation: Kant L and Norman E (2019) You Must Be Joking! However, one does not specifically differentiate between a joke-teller and a joke-listener, and whether different perspectives may influence the extent to which something is perceived as benign, a violation, and funny. This may be of value in humor research. Examples are, respectively, humiliating people, or displaying constructive leader behavior (Rayner and Cooper, 2003). The latter may of course have cultural limitations/restrictions, or even involve cultural taboos—one is not always at liberty to inform the emperor that he is in fact naked. In their Social Distance Theory of Power (SDTP), Magee and Smith (2013) have built on the positive correspondence between power, abstract construals, and increased social distance reported by Smith and Trope (2006). It is thus a violation of the expected or contractual obligations, which also is deemed benign. 96, 619–632. The other being the unequivocal bad, in humor the harmful where only the violation remains. For instance, a sexual joke told by a leader to a follower in a workplace, may be perceived as harassment rather than a joke. Einarsen et al., 2007). However, to the extent that a humorous situation involves multiple persons, the sweet spot would also be likely to depend on social variables. In this case, cultural differences may influence the relative thresholds for each party. Other related concepts are humor user, target person, and audience (Meyer, 2000). Typi… 13, 268–284. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that social distance may be influenced also by geographical and temporal distance. doi: 10.1016/S1048-9843(02)00155-8, Breevaart, K., Bakker, A., Hetland, J., Demerouti, E., Olsen, O. K., and Espevik, R. (2014). Therefore, the joke-listener’s perception of this form of distance could influence how s/he perceives the intention of the joke-teller. If the joke-teller and joke-listener do not have a close personal relationship, it is relevant whether the joker is familiar or unfamiliar, or belongs to an in-group or an out-group. Eatough, E. M., Chang, C.-H., Miloslavic, S. A., and Johnson, R. E. (2011). In these models, it is clear that severe anti-subordinate/interpersonal and anti-organizational behavior is bad, and correspondingly, that strongly pro-subordinate/interpersonal and pro-organizational behavior is good. doi: 10.1037/a0021887, PubMed Abstract | CrossRef Full Text | Google Scholar, Einarsen, S., Aasland, M. S., and Skogstad, A. Using Hofstede's cultural dimensions to explain sexually harassing behaviours in an international context. These may concern both how humor is perceived, valued, and used (cf. Benign Violations, Power Asymmetry, and Humor in a Broader Social Context. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1118373109, Plester, B. Culture’s consequences: International differences in work-related values. The black hole in “bullying at work” research. 59, 21–39. LK and EN have contributed in all parts of the research process, including developing the conceptual framework, writing and revising the manuscript. Decis. Other models also attend to a form of sweet spot, although the correspondence to BVT mechanisms is less explicit. Whether a joke is perceived as a benign violation will also depend on the relative distances between the joke-teller, joke, and joke-listener. Bullying and the peer group: a review. Importantly, any of the three previous types of social distance cannot be understood in isolation. Second, cultural differences may influence power differences in multiple ways. The rise and fall of humor: psychological distance modulates humorous responses to tragedy. Whether this violation is seen as benign, and whether the joke is perceived as funny, might depend on whether the joke-perceiver knows or thinks that the joke-teller has had a close personal relationship with someone who is blind. We may also consider whether nonviolent change such as that of Gandhi could be another. Power differences could very well increase the absolute social distance as perceived by the low-power individual—a notion compatible with theories on leader distance (e.g., Antonakis and Atwater, 2002). This might not pose a problem in cases where the power distribution is symmetrical. Importantly, the theory is not only concerned about what makes something funny, but also about what makes something not funny. The social setting in which the something is observed, heard, or experienced is not taken into consideration. You also have to know what to watch for when watching video, which comes from seeking advice from experts and discussing with other coaches. Examples of this problem are adverse selection, moral hazard, and monopolies of knowledge. The weight of glory, and other addresses. Moreover, they did not discuss the case of asymmetric power, or possible consequences of power differences between a joke-teller and joke-listener. Furthermore, we emphasize the important role of culture, which is likely to have a direct influence on the shared norms for what constitutes a violation and what is considered benign (e.g., Gray and Ford, 2013). Destructive leadership behaviour: a definition and conceptual model. Psychol. McGraw, A. P., and Warren, C. (2010). An example is destructive leadership (Einarsen et al., 2007) pertaining to leaders—along with several alternate concepts such as abusive supervision (Tepper, 2000) or toxic leadership (Padilla et al., 2007), and counterproductive work behavior (Spector and Fox, 2010) pertaining to subordinates. What is Power Asymmetry 1. What Magee and Smith (2013) hypothesized about the relationship between asymmetric experiences of social distance and power could provide an important contribution here. In contrast, our conceptualization of power goes beyond temporary states, feelings or experiences of power. doi: 10.1177/0956797612443831, McGraw, A. P., Williams, L. E., and Warren, C. (2014). The instrumentality of emotion in leader–subordinate relationships. They found substantial differences in the contents of and reactions to humor among subordinates and superiors. House and Javidan, 2004; Einarsen et al., 2007). This behavior can thus be both benign and malign if present. The social distance between the joke-teller and joke-listener is also relevant. Culture and leadership across the world: The GLOBE book of in-depth studies of 25 societies. The toxic triangle: destructive leaders, susceptible followers, and conducive environments. To begin with, there is no real theory called Super Asymmetry. Note that we limit our discussion to cases in which humor is used with the intention of amusing others, rather than for other communicative purposes (cf. COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Cultures may thus dictate a shared impropriety threshold (for when a violation is no longer seen as benign). 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