So this happened to me during the last week of a job that I had decided to quit. It was a toxic job environment where the boss basically threatened everyone very often ("I'm gonna fire you ", "You're just stealing my money" ,
"I'm gonna take disciplinary action if you don't do better"), even people that were on their FIRST day of working.
So, because the 'emotional wheater' was set to this, I soon decided to completely shut off, not talking, not laughing, keeping communication to a minimum so that he couldn't attack me. Well, he started to complain that I needed to talk more, and the last day his secretary came to me and asked : "You never laugh, don't you?"
And I coldly replied "No, not on the job"
Now, I'm not working there anymore, but that question hit a sensitive spot I think, on the way people perceive us.
I just had to take my emotional response out of the equation to survive in that environment, but the result was not the one I expected. They started to see me in a negative light somehow. But besides that, there was really nothing else they could accuse me of .
Similar experiences ?
Should we be 'less serious' ?