Sunday, November 13, 2011

Curing Sarcasm

Did you know that sarcasm is not good for our social health?  Ok, I haven't looked into the research on this, but let's entertain this idea: Sarcasm is negative, cop-out conversation.  It is addicting and it is an addiction.  My first year in Montessori as a teacher one of the first things I was told was this:  Teachers are NOT allowed to use sarcasm with their children (students).  Well, why?   The Webster's Dictionary describes sarcasm as:  a sharp and often satirical (related to ridicule) or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain.   Sarcasm is, in my opinion, a low form of communication because it promotes dishonest character, and only displays the deliverer as a fearful passive discourager and unfriendly.

In my opinion, I believe that there can be hundreds of books authors can write about the negative ramification of sarcasm on anybody.  So what to do with it?  It starts with recognizing that sarcasm is a habit.  The good news is, since sarcasm is a habit, this means just like any habit, it can also be crewed.  

Try fasting for one week without using sarcasm.  Maybe even for just one day and see how you feel, or better yet, look at the reaction of others, and take good note of how they feel after they speak with you.  

Side notes:  The opposite of sarcasm - honesty!  Mental Tools: equate honesty with friendly, encouraging, proactive in relationships, and encompassing character.  Good luck!  

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