The Laugh Rule was a protocol posed by LT Morrison in Devil in the Details. From that reading the following ideas are extrapolated:
The Laugh Rule indicates that if the D-type (especially when concerning 24/7 TPE) laughs out loud during breach of protocol by the s-type than the s-type is excused for the breach.
This protocol helps ensure that:
- a sense of humor is kept as part of the relationship
- not punishing for such an action does not erode the structure
- the relationship remains fun and fresh
- the relationship is not overly burdened by strictness and rigidness