Artists share personality traits with psychopaths, studies show

Singers, painters, actors, dancers … all they share personality traits with psychopaths according to a survey. It is true that a lot has been said about the personalities of artists, who are often very much in touch with their emotions and who, according to some psychologists and psychiatrists, are more likely to suffer from emotional instability and even other psychological problems.

But … what is true about this? In the following lines, we will delve into some of these questions and seek scientific answers to these facts.

    Artists and Psychopaths Share Personality Traits

    Some research gives amazing and unbelievable results. One of them states that psychopaths and artists share personality traits. This study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, and was conducted by Adrianne John Galang, psychologist at La Salle University in Manila, Philippines.

    As the Daily Mail explains in its pages, the artists they tend to have higher levels of emotional disinhibition, And are more prone to dishonesty and taking risks.

    Emotional disinhibition is the ability to be bold or take risks possessed by psychopaths. In other words, it’s a personality trait that keeps them from worrying about the consequences of their actions. According to Galang, “Creators and artists also have this personality trait.”

    The research director also states that “the results show that artists tend to be more dishonest and arrogant people. Apparently, it would be the competitive environment in which they are involved that could shape their personality.”

    However, other authors claim that the success of an artist it is linked to their level of narcissism. This is indicated by the results of a study conducted by a finance professor named Yi Zhou. The study was published in the European Journal of Finance. Narcissism is also a personality trait that psychopaths display.

    Artists and narcissism

    The truth is that not all artists have the same concerns and motivations. For example, imagine a painter who goes to live in the countryside so that he can feel fulfilled in search of the tranquility and inspiration of a place that allows him to come into contact with himself. But we also imagine the dancer or actor who goes to London or Los Angeles in search of the spotlight and attention, in search of this role or the work that makes him shine, that makes him. a star and who, once and for all, your work is valued.

    As Yi Zhou explains, “to be successful in the entertainment world, you have to have that kind of personality, the narcissist.” In this regard, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, conducted by Media Back, University of Münster, identifies two dimensions of narcissism: the pursuit of admiration and rivalry. Both are very common traits in artists, and they affect their body language, their own personality and, in addition, the health of personal relationships.

    Fortunately, the artists they do not seem to share the attitudes of psychopaths towards cruelty, Although the results of the aforementioned research seem to explain the stereotype of the arrogant artist or the narcissistic musician.

      Artists and the Dark Triad Theory

      Some research has also found links between the artists and the personality of the Black Triad (more information in this article by Bertrand Regader). These individuals, who are truly attractive, are characterized by the following personality traits.

      • narcissism: These are people who want to be constantly the center of attention, so they always seek to please others and tend to manipulate others.
      • Machiavellianism: These are individuals who seek fame, power and wealth, and who also manipulate others to achieve this goal. They seek their own advantage apart from the common good.
      • psychopathy: They tend to impulsiveness, antisocial behavior, manipulation of others and constant search for strong emotions.

      Therefore, several studies seem to indicate that there are certain personality traits shared by psychopaths and artists. However, it cannot be said that artists are psychopaths nor that psychopaths are artists. In fact, in the articles “Psychological Profile of a Psychopath, in 12 Undeniable Traits” and “The 7 Personality Traits of Creative People” these topics can be read in more depth.

      How are creative people?

      Creativity is undoubtedly one of the qualities that artists possess, and much research has attempted to know the personality characteristics of these individuals. One of the best known is the study conducted by Oyvind Lund Martinsen, professor at the Norwegian Business School (BI). According to him, the creatives have:

      • connective intelligence: They are imaginative, playful and their minds are rich in ideas. They show commitment. They live in their own reality, sometimes close to fiction.
      • Need for originality: They don’t follow social rules or taxes. They are generally rebellious.
      • motivation: They seek to surpass themselves and face difficult tasks that stimulate them. They have an innovative goal-oriented attitude.
      • Creative people feel the need to tackle difficult tasks, Goal oriented, with an innovative attitude.
      • ambition: They seek attention and influence others. They want recognition.
      • flexibility: They are original and see different solutions to problems.
      • under sociability: They are considered to be little considered and stubborn people.
      • Low emotional stability: They experience negative emotions with ease and possess fluctuating moods. Your self-esteem is often affected.

      Psychological problems in artists

      Regarding this last point, research shows that around 40% of artists suffer from psychological problems sensitive to treatment.

      Art generally occurs in individuals of more labile and fragile moods. These are people who experience their emotions intensely and perceive the environment in a much more intense way. This trend makes them artists and people capable of making real works of art, but also subjects more sensitive to mental disorders.

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