Hasty Misdirection

I think that we men especially (at least me) have a tendency to say something important and sincere but then quickly clothe it with a humorous joke or roast or light-hearted misdirection.

This too often detracts from the boldness, directness, and felt sincerity of what we genuinely think. It lessens the force of our compliments, criticisms, and encouragements. It makes our relationships thinner than they have to be.