TIL a 2014 study found that comedians scored significantly higher on 4 types of psychotic characteristics compared to a control group of people who had non-creative jobs

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  1. > Gordon Claridge, a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford and leader of the study claimed, “the creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those characterizing the cognitive style of people with psychosis—both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”[12] However, labeling comedians’ personality traits as “psychotic” does not mean that individual is a psychopath,[13][14] since psychopathy is distinct from psychosis, and neither does it mean their behavior is necessarily pathological.

  2. No, comedians mirror the psychopathy of society back to society, and as a self regulating system, only the funny survives. The funniest part is people think what is happening on stage is “who they are”, rather that what they’re doing which is pushing the bullshit of the world front and center so you can see it, and we can laugh.

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