This short piece is taken from: The Tact of Teaching: The Meaning of Pedagogical Thoughtfulness By Max Van Manen
10-year old Jason is not diligent about brushing his teeth in the evening.
As he is about to skip brushing his teeth before bed time his father remarks:
‘Only brush the ones you want to keep.’
Humor is a way of telling the truth without being less truthful.
The child does not experience the truth served up through humor as a judgment that crushes, denigrates or condemns.
Tactful humor disarms while derisive humor or brutal truth might have driven the person to estrangement, hostility, loss of face, alienation.
Well, why with only Jason?
It applies as well to our interactions at work-place with our co-workers: bosses, peers and reportees too, I thought.
How often we see meetings degenerate into acrimonious arguments? A bit of tactful humor is sure to grease the wheels.
What do you think?
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