Study: Are Creative People Lowkey Psychopaths?
Are you a talented painter, writer, or musician? Well, according to recent research, you might also be great at serial axe murder.
A team of psychiatrists at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines invited almost 600 participants to engage in a number of gambling and divergent thinking tasks while the electrical conductance of their skin was measured.
The results found that those that were successful creative types were the ones who scored highest for psychopathic behavior and also took the highest risks - a major trait indicating psychopathy to medical professionals in the behavioral field. The researchers behind the study add that perhaps, for some, being a creative and a psychopath goes hand-in-hand:
"We argue that emotional disinhibition, in the form of psychopathic boldness, is actually integral to some creative personalities and functionally related to the creative process." They then go (and I'm not sure how much I believe this) into suggesting that the creative field is either something of a magnetic force field that sucks psychopaths in or it's just really good at honing certain types of people into full-fledged 'arrogant or dishonest' psychos:
"A creative field might not just shape a person into a more arrogant or dishonest personality, it might be actively selecting them, not for the sake of having disagreeable traits, but because such traits meaningfully co-vary with creativity itself." Personally, I don't know how I feel about this study. On one hand, it totally explains some of the guys I dated in art school. On the other, well, they're going to have to show me a few more receipts.
What do YOU guys think? Does this sound like the creative person in your life? Or maybe you're a creative type that's been hiding an inner Norman Bates.