Relationships are important to everyone, so it is important to know how to protect them. Teasing can be a tool for fun and connection, yet it has the potential to cause harm if not managed carefully. This post provides an overview of how teasing impacts relationships and tips for doing it safely.

At its core, teasing is fundamentally about control. It can be used to gain an upper hand in a relationship, letting the teaser be in control and to have the last word. Unfortunately, this kind of control can quickly become an unhealthy form of manipulation. It is easy to slip from playful mockery to malicious mockery and it is important to remember that all relationships should be based on mutual respect and trust.