I’m all for harmless teasing, playful banter, and comedy. Sadly, it’s something that seems to be dying out today.
Too many people get triggered anymore by anything. And bullies seem to be the very people who are easily triggered and are constantly looking for something to get offended over.
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand getting offended or triggered over cruel jokes because cruel jokes can be harmful. However, there’s a difference between harmless teasing and cruel jokes.
Here are 2 differences to be aware of:
1. Cruel jokes poke fun of things the target is insecure about, such as their height, weight, nose and ear size, and other hot spots.
Harmless teasing stays away for the target’s hot spots.
2. Cruel jokes continue even after the target has expressed hurt and discomfort.
Harmless teasing immediately stops once the target has expressed hurt and discomfort.
Again, harmless teasing is harmless and done all in good fun. Cruel jokes, on the other hand, can be damaging to a person’s self-esteem and should be avoided.
With knowledge comes empowerment!
0 thoughts on “Harmless Teasing. Playfulness, and Comedy: 2 Differences Between Harmless Teasing and Cruel Jokes”
This is great Cheri, I have a friend that pokes fun and at first it was funny but now I find it happening during every interaction and she ends her “teasing” with “I’m just kidding”.
I let it slide because I know she doesn’t have the happiest life BUT she’s getting a little carried away!
Ouch! That’s not good on her. However, I admire you for your understanding of her and the fact that you don’t let her get a rise from you. You’re a warrior queen, girl! 😊🛡👑
She better be happy I’m saved and have Jesus in my life!! LOLLOL
Oh, I knoooow, girl! You’re a powerhouse amd would probably beat breaks ofvher butt! 😂🤣😂🤣
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Cheri I would feel like a loser because she only weighs about a 100 pounds dripping wet! 🤣
I completely understand. 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 Shes a little toy dog that barks a lot! An ankle-biter. I’d avoid her. She might be the type who’ll use her size to garner sympathy from others.
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 she does just that!!!!!!! How did you know!???😂
Just by your description of her! 😂🤣😂🤣😂😝 And I’ve dealt with those types before. It’s hilarious when you really think about it!
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 she’s a hot mess
Oops! Sorry! I don’t know so I take that back. However, I’ve dealt with little people who talk big and bully. They were little ankle-biters! And if you retaliated in any way, they’d use their size to make you look like the bully. 😂🤣😂🤣
Cheri!!!! She does that and makes you look like Incredible Hulk and she’s the Dante princess 🤦🏽♀️😂
Gotcha! I’ve known many like her amd they’re the worst! 😡🤬
Thank you for pointing out the difference between the two. You are right. The people who get offended so easily are often the biggest bullies.
You’re most welcome, Molly! And thank you for your thoughts, sweetie! 💖💐
Very true! Teasing is just light hearted fun but once the joke targets someone’s income, looks, family, or intelligence, etc. it can get cruel. And you notice bullies will keep poking those hot spots if they get a reaction out of someone.
Absolutely right, Sara! 💯 And bullies will do that until they wear out their welcome! 😊
True! They really expose themselves when they do that.
Don’t they though? 😉😁
I have seen on many occasions where the bully says he’s just harmlessly teasing but when the target comes back with an equally or less equally tease, the bully responds with his fists.
Absolutely, Michael. 💯 Bullies are the type who can sure dish it our but can’t handle it when it gets kicked back their way.
Oh definitely. 🙂
There is a thin line between ”harmless teasing” and cruel jokes. What one person may seem as harmless, might be affecting the person concerned. How often have I heard, its only banter. As grown ups we need to teach our children it isn’t acceptable to say anything we wouldn’t want to hear.
Absolutely right! To know what others would deem appropriate is to ask how it would make us feel.
Great points Cherie. 👩🏼🏫 If you are going to tell a joke, that’s ok. But telling one that is offensive and belittling is downright unacceptable and damaging. Great job girlfriend with breaking this down on the do’s and don’ts of bullish responses when they can’t take it when someone dishes out the exact thing they did. SMH 🙄 Deplorable!!! 🤨
Thank younso much, Kym! 💖💐🌹 Girl, you know how I like to do it! Dissect those bullies layer by layer and leave them naked for all to see! Bullies hate me and I love it! 😂🤣😜
Oh no….not the naked bully! LMAO! 🤭😆😁🤣😅😂😜
And you see every ugly blemish when you strip a bully down!
I dunno how to messa you on here. I got a question if you can help. Obviously u see my page. I bought the domain but I struggle getting followers. I dunno how to get the word out. Can you help? My Twitter is s @theanswer50
I don’t have a Twitter account. Deleted it over a year ago because of Jack Dorsey’s BS with suspending accounts he didn’t like. Email me. My email is in Contact on my blog.
Good post. there is always a thin line, which most people cross
Absolutely 💯 Thank you so much, Rajiv!
There is a thin line between harmless banter and being cruel, true. One needs to be cautious and ensure they don’t hurt somebody in the process of a being candid with a joke.
You’re exactly right! 💯
It is important to know the difference. I certainly have a few close friends we can joke around with and playfully tease but it is because we are close and in it is all in good fun and not to be taken seriously. We would never intentionally hurt each other. And usually it is something about how clumsy we are or playful smack talking because we are having some kind of physical competition or playing a board game. I almost equate it with siblings clowning around.
However, there is a fine line with that. We have to watch even microaggression and you don’t even teasingly hit on sensitive spots and if that person gets their feelings hurt even by accident you stop and apologize. And if you think you may have accidentally went too far you talk to them and tell them you are sorry whether they say something or not. You can usually tell if they react funny. And it doesn’t hurt to sometimes wink or say just messing with
You’re right with every point you made. 💯🎯👍
Very true Cheri.
Thank you so much! 💖