Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The value of teasing

The New York Times had an interesting article about the benefits of teasing. Here's the link, and it's thesis statement is that:

"Teasing is a mode of play, no doubt with a sharp edge, in which we provoke to negotiate life’s ambiguities and conflicts. And it is essential to making us fully human."

Now, there are few things that come naturally to me, but teasing others is one of them. At various times I've tried to stop, thinking it was worthless, but I just can't. All this time I thought that I was just having fun, but now I realize that I'm actually becoming and making others more fully human.

Sweet! Now I can justify buying the remote control whoopee cushion I've had my eyes on. It's part of my gift to humanity!


Anonymous said...

I am sure that I am more fully human due to 4 + decades of your skillful intervention in my development!

Anonymous said...

Growing up in a family of 5 sisters, did we ever develop our teasing skills, both to dish it out and to receive. Sarcasm got a pretty good workout as well.