Farce Abuse

Farce Abuse

For others, they may have long-held cultural beliefs, such as the belief that some individuals are better than others, and therefore it’s okay to make fun of the “lesser” people. In some societies, individuals are seen as less-than because of their gender, background or financial status.

One time i broke up with my roblox girlfriend by sending her a message, 30 seconds later i heard my uncle crying in the next room.

I would slap you , but that would be animal abuse.

Bill’s had a tough week, so he decides to have a little fun
It was Friday evening, it had been payday and Bill had really had a tough week.

So on leaving the office, he decided that instead of going home, he would stay out for the entire weekend partying with his buddies and in the process blow his entire weeks salary.

Jocundity Abuse

Jocundity Abuse

To understand the difference between regular joking and abusive “joking,” it is crucial to first understand the societal systems that might make some people confuse the two, or believe they are one and the same.

While these biases might be hindering, you can distinguish between true joking and abusive “joking” by paying attention to how the joke is received:

Jokes that make someone feel uncomfortable or hurt, or that specifically address something the other person asked not to discuss, are abusive.

Quiz Abuse

Quiz Abuse

“Joking” is a tactic commonly used by abusers. We put the word joking in quotes when discussing it in the abusive context because words that deliberately hurt others are not truly jokes. Real, intelligent, humor is not at the expense of another person; this type of banter takes the easy, cheap-shot, road. To make an entertaining joke that everyone can enjoy requires more creativity than sarcasm and put-downs.

Jape Abuse

Jape Abuse

As you familiarize yourself with the difference between harmless joking and abusive “joking,” you will also be able to call it out when you hear it. It might feel odd to draw attention to this type of emotional abuse in a group setting, but saying something like, “I would never make fun of Jack in a suit. He always looks so handsome,” might make the person who told the “joke” realize that what they said was not funny. Even more than law enforcement and therapists, friends and family have the most significant impact on victims and abusers.

Game Abuse

Game Abuse

Going back to our original scenario between Sarah and Jack, for a man who liked to joke about his clothes and had never said that comments about it bothered him, Sarah’s comment might have seemed funny or even endearing to him. In that case, it would not have been abusive. It was abusive because Sarah knew he was already anxious about attending the event and that her comments regarding his clothing always made him feel worse. Jack had already expressed to her that he didn’t like those kinds of jokes. He also revealed that her off-hand comments about his clothes often ruined his ability to enjoy whatever event he had dressed up for, which is a typical result of abusive joking: long-term shame.

Pleasantry Abuse

Pleasantry Abuse

It is essential to apply what we have learned and use our voice when we see “joking” take place. Many of us are guilty of crossing a line with our humor, especially if we grew up in environments where abusive joking was encouraged. But with this knowledge in mind, we encourage you to improve your humor and your relationships by apologizing next time you catch yourself making a cruel joke. You can say, “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said that. Will you forgive me?” Once you are comfortable with that, you can even ask your partner to help hold you accountable by asking them to please speak up the next time you make an inappropriate joke without apologizing. When they do, don’t brush it off.

Scream Abuse

Scream Abuse

As his spouse, Sarah is intimately aware of Jack’s deep vulnerability in these settings. He also has repeatedly expressed to her that these kinds of comments upset him. Her continual joking at his expense becomes deliberate verbal abuse. It’s not merely picking away at a personal point of annoyance. It minimizes the desires and feelings of the other person. Sarah knowingly took advantage of Jack’s vulnerabilities and then tried to cover it up by calling it all a joke.

Jest Abuse

Jest Abuse

If these types of exchanges aren’t harmful enough when done in private, imagine how someone feels when the same situation plays out in front of friends and family. On the outside, to some people, Sarah’s “joke” might seem light-hearted at best. It might make others feel uncomfortable and sorry for Jack because Sarah is mocking her husband’s attire in public. This simply adds to Jack’s sense of shame. The casual observer doesn’t know Jack battles with social anxiety so they might not be sensitive to how harmful the situation is and might actually join Sarah in her mocking.

Trick Abuse

Trick Abuse

“Are you telling me it’s not appropriate? Should I wear something different?” he said feeling paranoid. “No, it’s fine.” she responded. “Sarah, we’ve talked about this before, and you know it bothers me. You always make comments like this right before we go out. I’m already uncomfortable about going and now I get to spend the whole night feeling self-conscious. Stop stressing me out.”

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This is a way of letting you know that what you have done or expressed is insignificant and of little value.
Countering

Joss Abuse

Joss Abuse

“No,” said Sarah as she put her shoes on while making a face that made it seem she wanted to say yes. “I just think it’s funny you think that suit is appropriate for a wedding.”

You can’t abuse a aligator.

What abuse can a human use that a dog can't ?
Son of a bitch
A judge is hearing a child abuse case...
The mother was found guilty and the judge had decided that the boy would go to live with his estranged father.

His dad goes to the old lad...
How many substance abuse counselors does it take to change a lightbulb?
One, but the lightbulb has to want to change.

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