I tend to avoid sarcasm, tricks, practical jokes, or humor at the expense of another. I’ve seen the damage they can inflict on relationships, eroding trust, damaging self-esteem, and sometimes even destroying a relationship.
Because I’m so trusting of my friends, I can be quite gullible and therefore vulnerable to such things as practical jokes. My friends know that I won’t pull such things on them, and trust they’ll refrain from pulling them on me.
I have a dry sense of humor, and sadly, sometimes even my intended compliments have been mistaken as put-downs. I’ve learned that it pays to be extra mindful with what I write and say. I attempt to remember that if something CAN be misunderstood, sooner or later it WILL be misunderstood. I learned that from a colonel in the U.S. Marines who had experienced it in battle, where misunderstandings are often fatal.
I much prefer building people up to putting them—or letting them—down, and am blessed with friends who feel the same way.