Teasing

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Teasing has multiple meanings and uses.wikipedia
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Social rejection

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Because it is hurtful, it is different from joking and is generally accompanied by some degree of social rejection.
Furthermore, rejection can be either active, by bullying, teasing, or ridiculing, or passive, by ignoring a person, or giving the "silent treatment".

Jam band

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Jam bands will often quote the main riff of another song during jams.
Some bands play with this phenomenon by throwing short little "teases" into their sets.

Flirting

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To tease, or to "be a tease" in a sexual sense can refer to the use of posture, language or other means of flirting to cause another person to become sexually aroused.

Taunting

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A common form of teasing is verbal bullying or taunting.

Harassment

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When teasing is unwelcome, it may be regarded as harassment or mobbing, especially in the work place and school, or as a form of bullying or emotional abuse.

Mobbing

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When teasing is unwelcome, it may be regarded as harassment or mobbing, especially in the work place and school, or as a form of bullying or emotional abuse.

Bullying

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When teasing is unwelcome, it may be regarded as harassment or mobbing, especially in the work place and school, or as a form of bullying or emotional abuse.

Abuse

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When teasing is unwelcome, it may be regarded as harassment or mobbing, especially in the work place and school, or as a form of bullying or emotional abuse.

Humiliation

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If done in public, it may be regarded as humiliation.

Informal learning

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Teasing can also be regarded as educative when it is used as a way of Informal learning.

Indigenous peoples of the Americas

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Adults in some of the Indigenous American Communities often tease children to playfully illustrate and teach them how their behaviour negatively affects the community. This form is commonly used by parents and caregivers in two Indigenous American Communities and Mexican Heritage communities to guide their children into responding with more Prosocial behavior.

Animal

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Some animals, such as dogs and cats, may recognize this both as play or harassment.

Cat

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Some animals, such as dogs and cats, may recognize this both as play or harassment.

Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner utilizes Penelope Brown's classic study on the difference between "on-record" and "off-record" communication to illustrate how people must learn to read others' tone of voice and facial expressions in order to learn appropriate responses to teasing.

Prosocial behavior

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This form is commonly used by parents and caregivers in two Indigenous American Communities and Mexican Heritage communities to guide their children into responding with more Prosocial behavior.

Tantalus

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This form of teasing could be called "tantalizing", after the story of Tantalus.

Power (social and political)

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A difference in power between people may also make the behavior hurtful rather than playful.

Inuit

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An Inuit principal of learning that follows a similar teasing pattern is known as issumaksaiyuk, meaning to cause thought.

Cherokee

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In some Cherokee communities, teasing is a way of diffusing aggressive or hostile situations and teaching the individual about the consequences of their behavior.

Human sexuality

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To tease, or to "be a tease" in a sexual sense can refer to the use of posture, language or other means of flirting to cause another person to become sexually aroused.

Sexual stimulation

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In a more physical sense, it can also refer to sexual stimulation.

Backcombing

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In a very different context, hair can be teased, "ratted", or "backcombed".

Dreadlocks

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It can also be done excessively in sections to create dreadlocks.