There's something truly invigorating about a great tease, that amazing co-mingling of affection and mockery, cutting insight couched in care, a poking of fun that's equal parts "poke" and "fun." But the art of teasing is in decline, an unintended victim of zero-tolerance bullying policies. Some say good riddance. But psychologist and research Dacher Keltner argues that teasing is an essential part of human culture, that it's always been a staple of a healthy arts culture and that without it, we'd become a more violent and far less happy society. Can you flirt without teasing? Can you negotiate the complexities of any relationship without a little poking fun hear and there?
Will you be helping revive the art of teasing with friends and family over the holidays? Do the benefits of teasing outweigh the potential harm? Does teasing improve your social relations or strain them? What was your best tease ever, either as the teaser or the teasee? Stories. We want stories!