Comedy might be considered as a simple genre but it is not easy to perform comic acts. This might be the reason that it is considered that comedians might be having some unique traits to entertain people.
Recently, a research has been carried out by a group of researchers from Oxford University. The researchers have unveiled that comedians have some personality traits that are linked with psychosis.
Both introversion and extroversion are found in comedians and that too of a higher level, said the researchers. It was quite astonishing to know that creative elements needed to make a good comedy act are similar to traits that can be found in people having psychosis.
It is one-of-its-kind study, which has talked about comedians having some traits linked with psychosis, but in a healthy manner. The researchers along with the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have studied 523 comedians, which included 404 men and 119 women.
Questionnaire was also filled by a control group having 364 actors as well as by 831 people who were not in creative field.
Comedians were from countries like the UK, US and Australia. They were provided with an online questionnaire, which meant to measure four aspects.
Unusual experiences, cognitive disorganization, introvertive anhedonia and impulsive non-conformity were the four aspects that were measured. Comedians were found to have scored higher in all the four types of psychotic personality traits.
"Comedians tend to be slightly withdrawn, introverted people who may not always want to socialise, and their comedy is almost an outlet for that. It's a kind of self-medication", said Professor Gordon Claridge.