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a year ago5,000+ Views
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.

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lmao I think it's bullshit on a huge level.I'm a creative person. I do have weird thoughts but none that connect me to a murderer or anything harmful or crazy. I do make risky decisions. It isn't anything I don't think through. l do think that may be the door way tho. Because I can imagine the best and worst scenarios. A psychopath would prolly prefer the worst and guide their thinking toward the horrific thinking aspict creating a monster with time. But knowing right from wrong and doing right OR having bad thoughts and getting them out with artistic expression I would consider good and normal. Although it's scary that they even think that way but them putting it on paper or making a movie out of it is more of freedom of expression I guess. Plus sometimes it helps them in some healing factor in some cases. So the line would be the one wanting the fantasy in real life and/or as fiction. I thought about the difference when I was about 13 because some people's ability to make horror plots is really scary especially thinking about it as a kid. And this was the conclusion I came up with...
a year agoReply
It's true, but here is something that I admit is more my personal experience than science: The cause is having to adapt to a world, dominated my mediocrity. Imagine that houses were built with the ceiling at a height of 1.8 meters. If that was the case, it would'nt be surprising to find a high rate of back problems among tall people, right?
a year agoReply
One name...Jackson Pollock...
a year agoReply
heeeee first picture, it's mads mikkelsen made a card about him.......馃憤
a year agoReply
Does enjoying making stuff up mean I have a proclivity to cutting people up? I don't think so. Of course being a creative you might imagine some really twisted stuff (in the name of art) but I feel great creativity also comes with great self control. I don't start beat boxing every time I think of a catchy melody, which is like every few minutes.
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