Psychotic Personality Traits make People Laugh: Study
It has been revealed by a new research that comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits, which is a reason behind having the ability to make people laugh. The research was conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The research emphasized on the popular belief that creativity has a lot to do with madness. The study involved 523 comedians who belonged to comedy clubs, agencies, associations and societies, mainly in the UK, USA and Australia. After all the comedians completed an online questionnaire, it was found that unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh.
Also, a general group of 831 was asked to complete the questionnaire. This group did not have a creative profession. It was found that comedians scored much higher on all types of psychotic personality traits than others in the general group.
“The creative elements needed to produce humour are strikingly similar to those characterising the cognitive style of people with psychosis – both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder”, said Professor Gordon Claridge, of the University of Oxford's Department of Experimental Psychology.
Professor Claridge added that comedians scored higher on the same personality traits as scored by other creative individuals.
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