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For the love of pranks, April Fools' Day!

April 1, 2019

Keep it above the belt, stop short of total humiliation and, if possible, mix in some irony, some drama, maybe even a bogus call from the persons old flame or new boss. A good prank, of course, involves good stagecraft. Psychologist Chelsea King explains it also requires emotional intuition.

“As humans, we develop this notion of fairness as a part of our self-concept, and of course it’s extremely important in exchange relationships,” said Chelsea King, a psychologist in Lethbridge.

King said pranks served to maintain social boundaries in groups as various as police departments and sororities. “And you gain status by being picked on in some ways. It can be a kind of flattery, if you’re being brought in.”