Your Favorite Comedian Might Have Psychotic Traits

17 01 2014

NewsFeed

Today in news that shouldn’t surprise anyone: the funniest, most entertaining people have different thought patterns than average people.

A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that professional comedians tested highly for traits linked to psychotic disorders.

That doesn’t mean comedy clubs are full of serial killers. Although the terms “psychosis” and “psychotic” often conjure ideas of frothy-mouthed killers and deranged lunatics, this report uses these terms to describe much less violent behaviors.

Comedians scored highly on “introverted anhedonia and extraverted impulsiveness,”  the researchers noted. That means your favorite stand-up is likely to act spontaneously and avoid intimacy or pleasure.

Researchers tested 523 comedians from the U.S., U.K., and Australia, administering a questionnaire created at Oxford University to measure psychotic traits. Comedians scored higher than two control groups, one comprised of actors, the other people with non-creative jobs.

The study does not directly link comedic talent with mental…

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