April Fool’s therapy is not for everyone

Lockdowns are boring  >  That is a fact and judging by our callers some serious boredom therapy is in order. But be warned – going overboard with your April Fool’s Day jokes is a recipe for a disaster.

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?

Laughter therapy

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.

One thought on “April Fool’s therapy is not for everyone

  1. Tammy M. Bright says:

    To understand the psychology behind April Fools Day, you first have to understand the psychology behind pranks. Despite common beliefs, such practical jokes are mostly used as a way to welcome a new person into a group. They can also serve as an important part of some cultural rituals. Thus they do have a practical purpose – they are not all bad or stupid.

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