Why having dark humour could mean you have higher IQ?

Having dark sense of humour

"One man's trash is another man's treasure. Wonderful saying, horrible way to find out you were adopted"

If you laughed at those jokes, I must say you really do have some sense of dark humor. According to a study published in the journal Cognitive Processing, your reaction could indicate your intelligence and appreciating dark humor may signify a higher level of intelligence.

To support this there were tests conducted to see the correlation between dark humor and intellect. A group of people was asked whether they understood each joke and actually found it funny and then basic IQ tests and questionnaires regarding their mood were taken.

The results were significantly consistent. Participants with dark humor or should I say ‘who really enjoyed’ dark humor showed higher IQs than those who did not.
But how does having dark humor link to having higher IQs/intellect?

According to the researchers, processing a dark joke takes a bit more mental gymnastics than those who have a basic or normal sense of humor.

As processing, dark humor requires more emotional control to earn a laugh and really put the joke together and get what it means than a normal joke that simply doesn’t require any.

The study also found that those who were most in tune with dark humor had the lowest scores for aggression and bad mood. The study was conducted on recruit of156 male and female volunteers with an average age of 33.

Topics ranged from death, disease, and deformity, to disability and warfare. So, cheer up! if you have a dark sense of humor that’s something to brag about.

Here’s an appreciation joke for you going through this article: “I’m sorry” and “I apologize” mean the same thing. Except at a funeral. -Demetri Martin

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