(NEW YORK) -- While comedians may look happy on the outside, they may be battling lots of inner demons on the inside. Or so says a study from Oxford University and the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation in England, which looked at how people who make jokes for a living are able to make others laugh. Researchers got over 500 comedians from the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia to participate, about 80 percent of them men.
The results of the survey are scarier than amusing as comedians tend to display the same personality traits, researchers claimed, as people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Comedians also ranked higher than the general public on four traits associated with a psychotic personality.
Lead author Professor Gordon Claridge explains that making others laugh may be the comedians’ way of coping with their own depression.
Claridge adds, “Manic thinking, which is common in people with bipolar disorder, may help people combine ideas to form new, original and humorous connections.”
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