What makes you laugh could indicate whether you’re a narcissist or a psychopath, a new study has found.
The researchers of the Psi.Co. in Italy he studied the connection between comic style descriptors and personality traits of the “dark triad”.
These are psychopathies, defined by the lack of empathy and antisocial behavior; narcissism, a self-centered personality style; Other Machiavellianism, which demonstrates manipulation and indifference to morality.
Psychologists say that those who exhibit these traits may use humor to be small others or elevate themselves in a more socially acceptable way than attacking or bragging openly.
What makes you laugh could indicate whether you are a narcissist or a psychopath, a new study by the Italian institute Studio Psi.Co. he found
The researchers of the Psi.Co. in Italy he investigated the connection between comic styles and personality traits of the “dark triad” – narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism
WHAT ARE THE EIGHT STYLES OF THE COMIC?
Lighter Styles: Share a foundation of positive emotions and benevolence
- Fun – aimed at spreading a good mood and good company.
- Humor – aimed at arousing the sympathy and shortcomings of other humans while adhering to an accepting and serene worldview.
- Nonsense – based on playing with inconsistencies and ridicule for no purpose.
- Spirit: the ability to play with words and create intelligent thoughts.
Darker styles – related to mockery and ridicule
- Irony – aimed at creating a mutual sense of superiority by stating things in opposition to their meaning.
- Satire – distinct from deprecating the bad and the foolish.
- Sarcasm – based on being critical of others and conveying contempt.
- Cynicism – aimed at devaluing commonly recognized values.
The authors wrote: ‘Machiavellianism and psychopathy were positively correlated with the more obscure styles.
‘Psychopathy showed the strongest positive correlations with mockery styles; satire, sarcasm and cynicism.
Machiavellianism was the best predictor of irony and was unrelated to other comic styles.
“Narcissism was mainly correlated significantly with lighter styles, being the best predictor of wit and humor, while it was not correlated with nonsense.”
The researchers administered two questionnaires to 715 adults; one to determine their comic style and the other to uncover any dark personality traits.
They used statistical analysis to determine any correlation between the two.
The eight comic styles were defined in a 2018 study and divided into “lighter” and “darker” styles.
The four lightest styles are “fun”, “humor”, “nonsense” and “wit”, which share a foundation of benevolence and positive emotions.
The darker styles are “irony”, “satire”, “sarcasm” and “cynicism”, all of which refer to mockery and ridicule.
The analysis, published in June in Personality and Individual Differences, showed connections between each style and the dark triad of narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism.
Narcissism was associated with two of the lighter styles; fun and, more strongly, spirit.
Witty remarks involve the elaboration of unexpected jokes, which indicate creativity and intelligence.
There was also a small correlation with the darker style of satire, which can be evoked without harming interpersonal relationships that are highly valued by narcissists.
The authors wrote: “Narcissists can use positive humor as a way to positively improve their reputation when interacting with others.”
Psychopathy was strongly associated with darker styles of irony, sarcasm, and cynicism.
These aggressive, “laugh” styles of humor reinforce the fact that psychopaths have little empathy and are bossy in nature.
Psychotherapists wrote: “Psychopaths can use this type of humor to lower the states of others, regardless of the feelings of others, as they are characterized by deficits in emotional function and antisocial behavior.”
Psychopathy was strongly associated with darker styles of irony, sarcasm, and cynicism. These aggressive, “laugh” styles of humor reinforce the fact that psychopaths have little empathy
Machiavellianism was also linked to irony and cynicism, with a stronger correlation with the former.
Researchers say this is because irony is used to point out the weaknesses of others in a socially acceptable way that would not tarnish one’s reputation.
“Machiavellianism is characterized by manipulative behaviors and these individuals can use this form of humor as a way to control others,” they wrote.
It was also positively related to wit, which involves playing with ideas and requires the impulse control and cognitive ability demonstrated by this personality trait.
While Machiavellianism was negatively related to benevolent humor, this one gently treats weaknesses.
Researchers say this reinforces how Machiavellians have no interest in helping others with their problems.
Since none of the study participants showed particularly high levels of any of the three dark personality traits, future research may look at models with a more extreme group.
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Researchers revealed that men with dark personality traits – including Machiavellianism, narcissism and sadism – are more likely to be repeated cheaters.
The survey results also showed that men scored higher than women in both moral disengagement and dark personality traits.
“People with dark personality traits can establish short-term relationships more easily because they generally have low expectations of their future partners, especially in the case of men,” said researchers Laura Ferreiros and Miguel Clemente of the Universidade da Coruna.
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Researchers revealed that men with dark personality traits – including Machiavellianism, narcissism and sadism – are more likely to be repeated cheaters (archive image)