If you have a dark sense of humor, chances are, you may be a genius, according to a recent study.
In the study, having a dark sense of humor was defined as having “humor that treats sinister subjects like death, disease, deformity, handicap or warfare with bitter amusement and presents such tragic, distressing or morbid topics in humorous terms.” Those that did find amusement in such were found to have higher IQs, show lower aggression, and resist negative feelings more effectively than people who don’t.
The study was led by fourteen researchers, including Ulrike Willinger at the University of Vienna. In the study, they asked 156 participants, with an average age of 33 to rate their enjoyment of 12 black humor cartoons taken from The Black Book by Ukli Stein. Participants were also asked to complete basic tests to rate their IQ, mood, aggressive tendencies, and educational background.
Those that ranked highest for verbal and nonverbal intelligence were more likely to say that they found the darkest jokes to be quite funny. The scientists that worked on the study feel that the reason behind this correlation has to do with the fact that comprehending a dark joke is “a complex information-processing task.”
Basically, if you have a dark sense of humor, don’t sweat it. It doesn’t mean you are disturbed, it turns out that you may actually be a more positive and intelligent person because of it. Who knew?