Have you ever thought that some people with a dark sense of humor may be quite different than the rest of us? Well, experts have just made a chilling agreement that will make you believe that people with a dark sense of humor are weirdos. However, scientists agree that the dark sense of humor could be a sign of a superior intelligence.
Dark jokes may not always be funny, sometimes even morbid and grotesque, but their effect is always strong. People with a dark sense of humor may be unwanted in some social circles and, also, you may find yourself agitated by them or witnessing how they ruin your own reputation.
However, experts say that there is nothing wrong with them, but quite the opposite. In fact, the new study published by the ‘Cognitive Processing’ journal, presents the discovery of a connection between dark humor and a heightened sense of intelligence. After all, it seems that people with dark humor are just outbursting their intelligence and cynism in a way to criticize the negativity in the world.
The study was conducted by a research team of the Medical University of Vienna led by Ulrike Willinger. They assembled a group of 156 people with an average age of 33, including 76 women and 80 men. Each participant was shown a series of 12 cartoons of a dark and twisted nature by the renowned German cartoonist Uli Stein and asked to rate them both on their level of comprehension and enjoyment. The participants also underwent testing for both verbal and non-verbal IQ, as well as answering questions relating to aggression levels, mood, and educational background.
Using all of the information collected the researchers were able to divide the participants into 3 distinct groups:
This group had the highest level of appreciation for dark and twisted humor. They also scored the highest incomprehension, verbal and non-verbal IQ, were generally better educated and scored lower on aggression and bad moods.
While this group still scored moderately well on comprehension, they enjoyed the dark humor the least of the three groups. They were found to have an average level of intelligence combined with high levels of aggression and negative moods.
Like group two, this group showed an average level of intelligence. They scored much lower in aggression levels and were generally found to be experiencing positive moods. When asked about the comics, they were found to have a moderate comprehension and appreciation.