‘The Humor Triangle’ by Andrew Lansdown

Author of the newly published ‘The Humor Triangle’, Andrew Lansdown, talks to SPP about their self-publishing process and their book’s journey.

Working with Self-Publishing Partnership was a pleasure and being dyslexic, experiencing their professionalism, patience and kindness gave me a strong sense of support and motivation which allowed me to share and republish my theory in relation to humour.   

After successfully presenting my research paper at the British Association of Couselling and Psychotherapist’s national conference titled ‘Humorous things happen in therapy’ I realised that my rationale would benefit a wider audience, and wanted to extend my philosophy to a larger community.

Have you ever wondered why humour sometimes is not very humorous and, in fact, can inflict more damage than good?  The late Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said ‘A joke is a very serious thing’.

There will be occasions when we find ourselves in humorous situations at the most unexpected times, which leave us feeling awkward, and uneasy. Hence how do we acknowledge this without offending the other party and appearing to be disrespectful.

I was keen to find an answer, could humour inhibit or enhance communication in a therapeutic relationship? After a year’s long research into the complex subject of the use of humour I came to the conclusion there were three main reoccurring principles which had to be in place for humour to be successful.

I decided to title my book ‘The Humour Triangle’ based on a triangular shape being very secure which would strengthen my three principles as if one of the three sides is removed the shape would collapse  

My book loosely documents my research journey and how I finally came to my conclusion when my theory is put into practice, humour can enhance communication. (Only if all principles are present so beware, caution will be desired.)

I will leave the final judgement up to you the reader, enjoy.

‘The Humor Triangle’ can be purchased here.

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