New Study Alleges Teasing As Healthy

January 7, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – According to a study by a psychologist at Bangor University in North Wales, teasing done by school children may actually be a positive developmental step.

Dr Erin Heerey, the head researcher on the project, claims that teasing is actually different then true bullying, and then playground name calling and teasing may actually help children to better learn social skills, as well as develop a sense of humor.

This study came after growing alarm over the amount of punishment and suspensions being handed out in UK schools, which some feel indicate a lack of true discipline which is causing bad behavior. But Heerey insists that such things are a normal part of life and growing up, and that in most cases, adults should not step in.

“If everybody’s smiling there’s no reason to step in and stop it,” she said. “The children are learning about social norms and how to interact with each other. I think it takes a while for kids to gain proficiency. You can watch teenagers queuing up to buy a movie ticket and they banter with one another. They say really horrible things to one but they are all laughing and it’s all fun.”

Dr. Heerey, originally born in the US, also commented that the British are much more serious whent hey tease, something that may possible effect children differently.

“People will say something outlandish with a totally straight face. But people in Britain poke fun at themselves a little bit more than Americans,” she explained. “As an American, you’re expecting to see these non-verbal cues that say ‘I’m joking’ but you don’t see them – but they are there and you just have to look a little closer.”


One Response to “New Study Alleges Teasing As Healthy”

  1. Bob on January 7th, 2009 7:16 pm

    The most valuable skill in the modern world is learning to ignore things. Ignore tv and radio and junk mail and billboards and telemarketers. Ignore the tease that hurts. Ignore the academic who says it doesn’t hurt. Find a person that you like and do something good for them, help them or compliment them or just smile when you see them. Produce good feelings, don’t be a consumer of other people’s feelings.

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