Entries from October 2011

Managing the bully within!

We ALL resort to toxic humour at one point or another. “Humour is a tool like any other,” says Robert L. Weiss, a psychologist at the University of Oregon who studies humour in relationships. “People use humour in lots of different ways, including some negative ones. Almost every sweet, supportive way of using it has an evil twin; an aggressive, selfish or manipulative version. And like those teasing comments in the workplace that can just as easily feel like flattery or an attack, the two sides of humour are so intimately intertwined, it almost isn’t funny. ”