Surprise! You get a bonus post from me today! It's spring, and I am loving my new Michael Kors trench coat (and even though you might mistake it for a tint, it really does vibe well with the Type 4 color card), so I wanted to show it off of course!
But, why two posts in one day?
Because I need to rant about how April Fool's Day fucking sucks. You don't have to agree with me, but it's a pretty universal Type 4 thing to really despise every little thing about this dumb pseudo-holiday (most of us refuse to acknowledge or participate). So let me explain, from the Type 4 perspective, why the Type 4s in your life fucking hate you when you prank them. Really fucking hate you. Swear words and all, even if they don't say them out loud (oh, I KNOW they're thinking them).
- It's built on deceit. Think about it... the typical pranks often involve things like outright lying, or deceptively setting some sort of trap, and that is dishonesty and betrayal. And the prankster thinks it is FUN to be an asshole to you, and laugh about it. What Type 4 is okay with deceit, lies, and dishonesty in general? Most people are not okay with that, but Type 4s especially put honesty and authenticity on a pedestal.
- The joke is at another person's expense. You've set up a joke that requires everyone to laugh at the expense of someone else. I remember as a kid, the unpopular kids would have jokes played on them, like the cute girl asking out the nerd and him being excited, only to find out that everyone is laughing at him. April Fool's pranks are set up similarly. It's someone else intentionally making you the butt of a joke. And it's often your friends and/or family. It seems exactly like what you do to someone you don't like though. A Type 4 would see it as evidence that you clearly don't like them and have no respect for them or their feelings. It's not funny; it's just douchey.
- It intentionally sets the pranked person up for embarrassment. If there is ever an easy way to burn bridges with a Type 4 in your life, intentionally, purposefully, embarrass them and laugh at them. That is scarring and traumatic for us. I can remember every single time that has happened to me, and I speak to ZERO of those people. We do not deal with being put on the spot and being embarrassed, and if it's intentional, so that we can be laughed at, we will not easily forgive, and we will definitely never forget.
If you're not a Type 4, you might be thinking, "Holy crap, Tracy. Lighten up. It's not THAT bad." Like I said earlier, I don't expect everyone to agree with me. But I'm just letting you know that this is how a Type 4 views it, and if you really do enjoy April Fool's pranks, play them on your Type 1 and Type 3 friends/family instead! They will not be annoyed, irritated, embarrassed, hurt, and/or pissed off like us Type 4s! For me, April Fool's jokes are up there with "surprise birthday parties" on lists of things to NEVER subject me to if you want to stay friends.
Now you can't say you haven't been adequately warned. Do not play pranks on us. Unless you also think being cut out of our life is also hilarious, because that's what happens to unapologetic repeat offenders.