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  •  That's a good policy, online (3+ / 0-)

    or in real life. And especially with teenagers. And most especially with autistic teenagers- all kids pick up on emotional cues, but my son is like a geiger counter for emotional energy. Nothing teaches you to tamp down your emotions like raising a kid with autism.

    •  I call him my little (well big now) empath (3+ / 0-)

      For all he can't read body language, boy he picks up on the emotional energy of a room or a person. He may not always get the nuances, or be able to tell you are angry at someone else and not him, but he picks up on that anger! But sometimes when he's in a bad mood I admit I use that empathy against him. I'll start being silly, making jokes, smiling, and sometimes it takes a while but eventually it changes his mood as well LOL.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:48:33 AM PST

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      •  Humor can sometimes defuse mayhem (2+ / 0-)

        even on the internet.

        It does take some skill to do it effectively, especially online. Rapier wit, if you will. Done poorly, it can make people angrier.

        It's also pretty effective in making points (see: Daily Show, Colbert, etc., which has a long history).

        I approve of well-used humor. And chocolate.

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