• Dana RAD Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Sonia Ignat Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Roxana Maier Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Adela RedeÈ™ Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences


values theory, humor, universalism, dynamic relationship, 1. Introduction


The theory of basic human values measures universal values that are recognized throughout all major cultures. Schwartz’s theory refined the set of 19 basic individual values that serve as guiding principles in the life of a person or group, further describing the dynamic relations amongst them. Current paper contributes with evidence to the theory of values reformulated by Schwartz in 2012, according to which values are arrayed on a circular motivational continuum in dynamic relationships, according to the compatibility or conflict between the motivations they express. A total of 220 youth respondents from the West side of Romania have answered using a Likert scale from 1 to 6 to a 46 items online questionnaire. The 46 items questionnaire shows solid internal consistency. This study brings evidence to interclasses dynamic relationships between humor as an openness to change value and universalism as a self-transcendence value, both included in the growth anxiety-free value specter. Conclusions and implications are discussed.


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