Laughter as Aggression

Can laughter be aggressive and hostile? Have you ever met someone who “over-laughs” at something that wasn’t particularly funny?

Is it possible that someone who laughs inappropriately is actually using their laughter as an obnoxious form of attention-getting or bitter tension release?

Is laughter a socially acceptable way of venting rage and shyness for those who are incapable of the direct expression of proper emotion?

What is the correct way to handle these laughers?

Do you confront them by saying, “That’s not funny.” Or do you stab deeper and say, “I understand you’re nervous, but laughing isn’t the right response.” Or do you just ignore the behavior and try to move away from the subject?