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Comedians have psychotic personality traits, study finds
Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | January 16, 2014 | Kate Kelland

Posted on 01/15/2014 11:32:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, scientists said on Thursday after research showed that comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits.

In a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analyzed comedians from Australia, Britain and the United States and found they scored significantly higher on four types of psychotic characteristics compared to a control group of people who had non-creative jobs.

The traits included a tendency towards impulsive or anti-social behavior, and a tendency to avoid intimacy.

"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," said Gordon Claridge of the University of Oxford's department of experimental psychology, who led the study....

(Excerpt) Read more at ca.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: comedy; mentalillness; psychosis; showbusiness
Who knew?
1 posted on 01/15/2014 11:32:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No *coughBILLMAHRcough* foolin’?


2 posted on 01/15/2014 11:52:51 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, that explains Hitler and Joe Biden.


3 posted on 01/15/2014 11:59:40 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Lenny Bruce, Lisa Lampanelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Andy Kaufman, Roseanne Barr, etc., etc...


4 posted on 01/16/2014 12:03:19 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Lenny Bruce, Lisa Lampanelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Andy Kaufman, Roseanne Barr, etc., etc...

Talk about people you'd hate to be trapped with on a long flight..

5 posted on 01/16/2014 12:06:49 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Johnny Carson and Greg Gutfeld come to mind.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 12:07:46 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve met some famous comics, and they were mostly messed up. Introverted, moody, lonely, dependant on drugs of various types etc.

Fun to meet, but not friend material, which was probably just fine with them too.


7 posted on 01/16/2014 12:07:58 AM PST by catbertz
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To: catbertz
After reading a few autobiographies I'd say that they come from highly dysfunctional families.

Athletes tend to come from good families.

8 posted on 01/16/2014 12:13:00 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
Athletes tend to come from good families.

I am sure I could come up with a sizable list of basketball/football players that would contradict that statement.

9 posted on 01/16/2014 12:21:34 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Louis CK is crude, but he can be laugh until you cry funny.

The others are just crude.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 12:46:41 AM PST by Hugin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Two comedians walked into a bar and SHOT THE BARTENDER...


11 posted on 01/16/2014 12:52:18 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was just about to mention Andy Kaufman. He was an odd duck. His eyes were always wide open and I find that rather creepy.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 12:53:43 AM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I'm tired of the Liberals and their stupidity!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anybody who’s worked with comedians, that’s who.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 12:56:46 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Tankyouveddymuch.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 12:58:19 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I actually read that in his voice.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 1:02:36 AM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I'm tired of the Liberals and their stupidity!)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

He was a nutball, just as Jim Carrey is who played him in that stupid movie.

Carrey is really a flake. He went on and on about Emma Stone in some interview - really creepy. It was like “stalk much?”

Emma’s reaction was “Eeeeewwwwwww!”

Haha


16 posted on 01/16/2014 1:39:56 AM PST by Gaffer
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17 posted on 01/16/2014 1:53:07 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Also more prone to suicide than many others.
Many are depressed and miserable in real life.


18 posted on 01/16/2014 2:23:52 AM PST by nvscanman
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To: catbertz

“I’ve met some famous comics, and they were mostly messed up. Introverted...”

Introverted? That surprises me, I would think that a stand-up comic would have to be an extrovert to get up in front of that many people.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 2:37:00 AM PST by PastorBooks
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To: catbertz
I’ve met some famous comics,and they were mostly messed up. Introverted,moody,lonely, dependant on drugs of various types etc. Fun to meet,but not friend material,which was probably just fine with them too.

Exactly! I have 4 comedian 'acquaintances' for that very reason. Most of them are so needy, it's annoying. Josh Blue is a friend, but he's the only normal one I've been able to have a normal conversation with. I can't imagine walking in any of their shoes, though.

20 posted on 01/16/2014 3:17:47 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It seems like a lot of comedians get into stand up as a sort of therapy. Not all of them, but quite a few. Billy Connolly comes to mind. Hilarious comedian, but goodness what a miserable childhood that man had.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 3:37:40 AM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tears of a clown.

Think of the “funny” people you know in real life (every family/office/classroom has its cut up). Now really think about they person...from my experience it’s easier to be the one laughed WITH than laughed AT. Defense mechanism :-/


22 posted on 01/16/2014 4:02:01 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ( Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...n)
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To: PastorBooks

My observation has been that many comics exhibit a Jeckle/Hyde type scenario.
In person: quiet, brooding, socially inept
On stage: gregarious, relaxed etc
It’s fascinating to witness in person.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 5:58:44 AM PST by catbertz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Having spent roughly 30 years in that world I would say that most comedians are: fairly bright, introverted and often painfully shy offstage, very aware of incongruities in their world. needy for approval, unable to maintain lasting relationships, prone to daydreaming, and not all that creative. They tend to copy what they have seen work for others.

Of course there are exceptions to this. Your mileage may vary.


24 posted on 01/16/2014 8:24:28 AM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Warmth ...
25 posted on 01/16/2014 8:31:50 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At this point in American history — with psychology being bent to Administration and government needs, much like the Soviet Union — I no longer trust one single thing the psychs say.


26 posted on 01/16/2014 9:51:14 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: shove_it

Seaman 1st Class Rickles (WWII) is one of the exceptions in my opinion.


27 posted on 01/16/2014 11:02:56 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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“I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks,” Rickles said, and then proceeded to do just that: “President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.”

The black-tie crowd, gathered to celebrate MacLaine, the 40th recipient of the AFI’s Life Achievement Award, alternately gasped at the 86-year-old comic’s put-downs and then found themselves laughing and applauding...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/don-rickles-president-obama-shirley-maclaine-335308

Only Rickles gets away with roasting the Hollywierdos regardless of PCness.


28 posted on 01/16/2014 11:39:11 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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29 posted on 01/16/2014 11:50:55 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jonathan Winters immediately comes to mind.


30 posted on 01/16/2014 11:53:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The traits scored were "unusual experiences", such as belief in telepathy and paranormal events, "cognitive disorganization" such as difficulty in focusing thoughts, "introvertive anhedonia" - reduced ability to feel social and physical pleasure, and "impulsive non-conformity", or tendency towards impulsive, antisocial behavior.

This is my ex. Just wow.

31 posted on 01/16/2014 11:56:17 AM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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