Laugh rule

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The Laugh Rule was a protocol posed by LT Morrison in Devil in the Details[1]. 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