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    On the occasion when you, for example, don't share someones sense of humour, do you do the following....

    (1). Someone may crack a joke or something like that
    (2). You don't find the comment humourous, but to avoid that uneasiness if you don't provide the expected reactions, you try to make yourself smile/laugh etc, maybe think of something funny in your head, which enables you to be able to come out with a suitable reaction....

    secondly (i'm weird aren't i? :p: )

    when someone cracks a joke.....

    you don't find it humourous, to avoid the uneasiness because you just don't think it's funny or you're not in a humour appreciating mood, to fill that space taken up by what would be the expected reactions to the joke (a giggle, grin, smile etc...), you just chat and try to make yourself break into a giggle....hmmm

    ? :confused:

    i guess it's all a tactic to not appear rude, and at very least, conform to expected social norms....meh?

    i'm thinking about all this because on Friday, in my bank job, i had to ask a customer what her organization account was, and her papers were all over the place, and she said "more like disorganization eh!" - referring to her messiness in trying to sort out which bundle of money goes into account x, y, or z. I can't remember whether i simply couldn't be bothered manufacturing the effort to respond to her jokiness (a long day at the bank and maybe not in a humourous mood) or that i was too busy working things out on-screen, didn't catch the joke initially, but did so at too late a time to respond promptly....anyways....my inaction led to her being left in an evidently uncomfortable state...and she followed her jokey comment with "a joke isn't funny when you have to explain it" - she sounded a little pissy.

    (i swear i'm not drunk!)

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    Your customer's comment was hardly 'lol' funny.

    I usually attempt a smile (which doesn't at all suit me; I look like I'm leering at them :rolleyes:) and then rapidly change the subject to avoid the awkwardness.
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    subject change is always a good one. I guess i just get fed up with the superficiality of the nature to interactions with the customer. It gets a tad draining towards the end of the day, just coming up with the same crap, i.e. weatherspeak, "ohhh it's a bit quiet in here today!", etc
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    I normally just come out with a really fake chuckle and then say something just as unfunny to put them in the same situation. Saves me having to think of a new subject to talk about.
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    (Original post by Princess)
    I usually attempt a smile (which doesn't at all suit me; I look like I'm leering at them :rolleyes:)
    Same here. But then when I make a non-funny joke and nobody laughs I go "Heh heh heh." :p:
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    Frankly if ever I had a customer on a call and they made the effort to make a joke i'd always play along with it and laugh. But then again that's mainly because it's better than the usual callers who were screaming and swearing at me.
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    I'm weird in that really un-funny jokes are hilarious to me. It's that look of pride upon the person's face after they've just said something so un-funny, and I find it so cringey it's funny!
 
 
 
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