Usually groups respond well to this use of humor. Its effects in the moment can be an instant connection, and over time tend to make members feel as if they are understood and belong. Some, who were initially shocked at the laughter in a "serious" therapy group, have later said that it helped the group feel more like an "understanding family." Humor becomes a bonding agent in the group, and members become able to recognize the humor in situations and use it in relating with others. Since as therapist, I initiate some of the humor, members feel freer to challenge me in a similar way, as play becomes a safer way of learning.
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