Monday, April 08, 2013

Two Contrasting Social Lubricants

A thought for your consideration:

In low-functioning family systems, alcohol is the social lubricant.

In high-functioning family systems, humor is the social lubricant.

6 comments:

plimton said...

Out of left field...

gruntled said...

In the "Family Life" class we are discussing functional and dysfunctional family systems.

I have long thought that mid-range families, which sacrifice intimacy in order to achieve order, encourage drinking as a way to temporarily suspend the rules against intimacy, without permanently changing the rules.

Humor is a feature of optimally functional family systems.

Today I put two and two together.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean by mid-range families?

And can you elaborate on how humor is analogous to alcohol in this context? Does humor suspend the rules against intimacy without permanently changing the rules?

Percy said...

What then is cannabis?

gruntled said...

Hmm. I don't know. It is used by rural kids in Kentucky. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Funny, I think my family laughs more when we have an open bottle of wine to share.