What am I trying to accomplish when I mock and make fun of another person. Here are some possibilities. 1.I might just be having a good time with a friend. I send friendly darts his way and he fires them back. This can be a lot of fun and I have a good time teasing my friends. I do this a lot with my wife as well. When I do this it is important to know my audience. 2.I could be trying to prove a point. Mockery is not an effective method to do this. Those who agree with me might enjoy it but if I mock the beliefs and/or ideas of someone else for this purpose it can end a productive discussion and cause division. 3. I could be trying to humiliate someone. If that is my purpose then mockery is a good method. The next question of course is why would I want to humiliate someone. It could make them angry or cause them pain or both. 4. Maybe I am just trying to entertain and/or impress my friends at the expense of someone else. Maybe the person I am talking trash about is not around. Someone I had a lot of respect for once became much smaller in my eyes when I heard him mocking a very sweet women who was struggling to get by as a single mother with two teenage children. I have done all of these things but lately I am asking myself why.