In Defense of Gallows Humor

Keep this handy for the next time you’re called into a boss’s office because you’re mocking the developers openly:  When the Going Gets Tough, The Going Crack Wise.


On the other hand, self-enhancing humor, the ability to crack wise and see the humor in a situation when your world is falling apart, protects us from stressful events. Jim McKay, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is an example. Suffering through a woeful first season, McKay was asked about the execution of his team. He responded, “I’m in favor of it.”

There’s a mantra in there for all of us.

One of the best things in a recent posting I had was that my second-in-command and I were quite the droll Mutt-and-Jeff team with the sardonic, sanguine remarks.  Also, we quite knew the punchlines I don’t have to outrun the bear; I only have to outrun you and Break time’s over; everyone back on your heads and used them as stock tropes, independent of the respective jokes, throughout our time together.

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