February 27, 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Collie Conoley , professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at The Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, publishes column on Teasing in the Santa Barbara Independent
Dr. Collie Conoley has written the latest column for “Getting Education: Notes from UC Santa Barbara’s The Gevirtz School” for the on-line version of the Santa Barbara Independent. The essay, entitled “Teasing: A Real Problem and Solutions,” explains what the disorder entails and suggests methods of treatment. The piece can be read on the Independent website.
The article begins: “Can’t you take a joke? I was only teasing! Teasing is part of everyone’s life. Each of us has a significant uncomfortable memory about teasing. Even though teasing is considered a type of bullying, teasing can range from an enjoyable to a hurtful interaction. Psychologists define teasing as an ambiguous message containing both humor and hostility. The ambiguity makes an appropriate response difficult: Was I just insulted? Or, am I too sensitive? The target of teasing often feels vulnerable.”
The bi-weekly Independent column, now in its fifth month, is another effort by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to bridge the gap between town and gown.
[Collie Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]