TIL a study found that the creative elements needed to produce humour are strikingly similar to those characterising the cognitive style of people with psychosis, but that doesn’t imply that comedians are necessarily psychotic

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/16/successful-comedians-display-symptoms-psychosis-study-says

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  1. >However, the findings should not be taken as evidence of a link between comic talent and mental illness, said James McCabe, a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

    >The study had found an association between the thinking styles of comedians and mania, rather than psychosis in the sense that psychiatrists would use the term, he added.

    >Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said: “These are interesting findings, but we must make sure we guard against the ‘mad creative genius’ stereotype. Mental Illnesses like schizophrenia can affect anyone, whether they are creative or not. Our knowledge and understanding of mental illness still lags far behind our understanding of physical illnesses, and what we really need is much more research in this area.”

  2. *They made me think I was* ***crazy***

    *And that the fate was here to stay*

    *But now that I’ve found the answer*

    *I’m never ever gonna lose my way*

    *Ever again!!!*

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