If they go wrong, then being trapped in a house with your victim is going to be murder. Literally!
For example, announcing falsely you have cancer on April Fools is definitely a no-no. Exploiting a serious phobia is equally likely to get you ostracised and the victim on the phone to Tonic for hours. In other words, no joke spiders please!
To find a safe way through this pranking minefield, you need to decide who is likely to benefit from your April Fool’s Day therapy. To decide that, as a general rule pranks fall into three categories, which are vindictive, satirical and neutral. In what category does your jolly jape fall?
“In this age of being stalked by a killer virus, we could all do with lightening up a bit,” says a Tonic therapist. “The problem is that not everyone will share your sense of humour and, if you are really unlucky, you may spook a geliophobiac or a pharsaphobiac !
“To be safe, restrict your creativity to a few boredom relieving jokes, plus maybe a prank. Share these using zoom or WhatsApp and you will hopefully lighten the mood.
“But keep in mind that people are emotionally fragile at present, so keep your humour childish and ensure that both parties are in on the fun” *.
Good luck with your April Fool therapy and all have a laugh together.
Footnote > * One of the surest ways to measure whether an activity is play or not, is to gauge its pleasurable mutuality. If the perpetrator and the recipient can both take pleasure, the prank is play rather than a dirty trick.