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TOPIC: Comedians And Depression

Comedians And Depression 07 Nov 2016 16:56 #10863

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My post this week is about Comedians and Depression. The other day I was talking to my mother and she said a Spanish quote that is: “ me rio para no llorar” which translates to something like I'll laugh to keep myself from crying. I kept thinking about this for a couple of minutes and then I jumped in my laptop to find if there is a connection between comedians and depression and what I found was kind of interesting.
A recent research from the University of Oxford states that: “Although schizophrenic psychosis itself can be detrimental to humor, in its lesser form it can increase people’s ability to associate odd or unusual things or to think ‘outside the box,’“Equally, manic thinking, which is common in people with bipolar disorder, may help people combine ideas to form new, original and humorous connections.”
In one of the articles I read about comedians, it said that they have a remarkable amount in common with people with schizophrenia and manic depression. And it also said that might be the reason why they are so funny.

Personally, I think maybe comedians get exhausted of always being hyper and super talkative and extroverts so maybe they become quiet and private. Maybe they want the opposite of us, we ordinary humans we want to laugh and to break out routines maybe they want to stop acting as super happy all the time and act as a regular person with the ups and downs of life.

Anyways, I also wanted to share this quote that I found in TIME magazine. "Jewish humor is born of depression and alienation from the general culture. For Jewish comedians, [Janus] told the recent annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, “comedy is a defense mechanism to ward off the aggression and hostility of others.”
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Comedians And Depression 10 Nov 2016 17:48 #10879

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That's interesting! I do think that it's very common for comedians to have depression and mental illnesses. For my family, humor is how we cope with dark times. I do think that comedy is an extremely useful defense mechanism against outside hardships and internal struggles. I enjoy dark humor and was reading up on why people enjoy it. I found that when we tap into our deepest fears and most darkest parts of the mind, we feel a rush of endorphins and a sense of control over our situations by making light of them.
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