Time and time again, I have found myself apologizing for my dark sense of humor. And while the horrified faces surrounding me each time I crack one of my strangely dark jokes, I will no longer apologize after finding out the following.
In a recent study carried out by the Medical University of Vienna, dark humor is defined as ‘a kind of 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…used to express the absurdity, insensitivity, paradox and cruelty of the modern world.’
If you find that this sort of humor resonates with you, then I have good news. According to the researchers, this particular sense of humor is not only a mark of high intelligence, but it also means that the person who enjoys this humor is of high emotional intelligence.
Published in the Journal of Cognitive Processing, the authors state the following, ‘Black humor preference and comprehension are positively associated with higher verbal and nonverbal intelligence as well as higher levels of education.’
Asking 156 participants to rate dark humor cartoons on a scale of surprising, vulgar or interesting. Then they tested their personalities. Those that enjoyed the dark humor were found to be more intelligent, both verbally and nonverbally. And they also tested less highly for emotional instability and aggressiveness.