You hear it all the time.. jokes that may actually have a hint of truth beneath them.
People, including myself, use jokes a lot to ease the tension and stress of life... but when do you personally cross the line?
What brought up this thinking process was watching my sister and her husband joke around.. A lot of times they jokingly insult each other, and complain about one another.. but sometimes these jokes have caused actual fights as a result.
I don't know if I could feel comfortable jokingly insulting or putting down my husband (hypothetical one of course..), especially not infront of other people though. Sometimes when I joke about things too much, it makes me wonder if that is grating on my mind subconsciously.
Anyways, this topic isn't exclusive to marriage-related jokes. I've had people "joke" around with me, but I've felt insulted, and my intuition tells me that the insult was real even if the joke masked it as fake. At the same time, there are people who cope with the petty day-to-day irritations of others with jokes that avoid conflicts.
What do you consider joking, and what is not a joke to you? Do you feel that people who are joking about serious topics that may be affecting them are coping with them, or hiding behind the humor?
How easily are you hurt by jokes others point toward you?