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Deficits in mindfulness account for the link between borderline personality features and maladaptive humor styles
Personality and Individual Differences
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2019
Pages: 19 - 23
Source ID: shanti-sources-109166
Abstract: Negative humor styles are associated with rumination, aggression, and suicidal ideation. BPD features are positively associated with negative humor styles; however, few studies have identified factors that mediate this relationship. The present study examines mindfulness skills as a mediator of the link between BPD features and negative humor styles, in a sample of undergraduate students (N = 197), many reporting clinically significant levels of BPD features. Significant indirect effects suggest that individuals with higher BPD features engage in more aggressive humor style partially due to lower levels of nonreactivity. However, individuals with higher BPD features engage in more self-defeating humor style partially due to lower levels of acting with awareness. Higher BPD features were related to less positive humor styles partially due to low describe scores. These findings suggest that different facets of mindfulness skills may assist in decreasing negative and increasing positive humor styles.