(I already posted a different version of this post in SNW forum, but I think this is the best place to discuss the subject) Kirk, after the loss of several ships and the death of hundreds of crewmen caused by the Enterprise's computer (The Ultimate Computer) Kirk, after the losing of Memory Alpha and all the people living there (The Lights of Zetar) Kirk, following the violent deaths of several women at the hands of a serial killer (Wolf In The Fold) Kirk, after the death of his brother, his sister-in-law and two nephews, with one nephew, Peter, left an orphan. Now, the Real Life reasons why it behaves like this after horrendous tragedies is clear. It was a different (tv) era and they didn't want to leave the viewers with a bitter taste at the end of an episode. I mean, Jessica Fletcher laughed gleefully after each gruesome murder. But with a modern eyes his behavior is a little disturbing. I understand using black humor as a copying mechanism, but doing every time while the bodies are still warm it seem really insensitive and disrespectful toward people who are still mourning their beloved dead ones. One wonders what it is his problem. So I figured out this in-universe explanation: he suffers from a severe form of PTSD. After seeing huge tragedies, he is no longer able to healthy process them so he reacts in a totally inappropriate way to the situation (and does not even realize it). Of course, being Kirk, he doesn't even think about asking for help and no one thinks of contradicting him ("Er, there are still the bodies of our mates floating out there and they are visible on the main screen, sure it's the best time to make a joke?") because he is , well, Captain Kirk. Your thoughts?