A person with severe depression went to see a doctor. The doctor said, “Recently, a very humorous person has come to our city and has been telling jokes on the street for three days. Happy, I suggest you go find him.”
The man said, “I am the one you said is particularly humorous.”
People who look funny and humorous also suffer from depression. This phenomenon is not uncommon.
We think it is normal for people with introverted pessimism to get depression, but why do humorous people get depression? Is there any connection between personality and depression?
Why do people who look humorous also suffer from depression?
First of all, we need to make it clear that humor, in fact, can not be regarded as a character.
Personality is a person’s stable attitude and behavior towards the outside world. Since personality is a part of personality and embodies the social attributes of personality, it carries the meaning of morality and value judgment. In psychology, the term personality is often used to represent the concepts we usually say, which is why we have only heard of “personality theory” but not “personality theory”.
How to classify personality? This issue has been discussed in the psychology community for hundreds of years. At first, people divided personality into several types. For example, Hippocrates divided personality into multiple blood, mucus, depression, and bile according to body fluids. Later, psychologists divided personality types according to body type and birth order. But these divisions try to simplify complex humans in a way that is too simple and crude.
Later, psychologists tried to sum up several different traits from the personality. These traits are like the branches of the personality tree, which together form the whole picture of the personality. There are of course various theories of personality traits, and there has been controversy. Until 1992, researchers have integrated a recognized personality model-the Big Five personality model, also known as the “ocean of personality” (OCEAN).
Although the Big Five personality only divides personality into five dimensions, it covers all aspects of personality, which has been confirmed by many studies.
Simply put, the Big Five personality includes the following five dimensions:
Openness: Reflecting the individual’s cognitive style, those with high scores have a wide range of interests, curiosity and curiosity, and those with low scores pursue reality, which is more traditional and conservative.
Consciousness: Reflecting the individual’s control and regulation of his impulse. People with high scores are often more self-disciplined and cautious. They are organized and low scores are more impulsive. They always do things as they please.
Extroversion: Reflects the individual’s social needs. People with high scores like social activities and activities that stimulate adventure. People with low scores are more introverted and like to be alone.
Agreeable (Agreeableness): reflects the individual’s attitude towards others, people with high scores are often empathetic and helpful, and people with low scores are more self-doubtful and suspicious, and value their own interests more.
Neuroticism: Reflects the individual’s emotional adjustment process. People with high scores are often sentimental, emotionally unstable, and have poor ability to adjust emotions. People with low scores are often emotionally stable and able to calmly cope with what happened.
Returning to our original question, why is it possible for people who look humorous to get depression?
This question is actually not very true in itself, because humor is not a personality type, nor is it a sustained and stable personality trait, and it cannot have a fundamental and continuous impact on a person’s behavior pattern.
So what do we often hear about comedy masters getting depression easily?
There are actually many explanations here. For example, the core of comedy is actually tragedy. Good comedy is often an insight into the nature of life and sees many cruel facts. It just smiles in the form of comedy. Or is humor just the mask worn by comedians on stage, who knows that the actors are crying silently under the mask? Moreover, there are tens of millions of comedians, and what can be explained by only a few special cases of depression?
Since humor is neither a personality trait nor evidence to show a connection between humor and depression, what personality traits are related to depression? There is a saying that people who are introverted, pessimistic, emotionally unstable, and poorly regulated are definitely more likely to suffer from depression. Is this correct?
Is there a relationship between personality and depression?
First, there is indeed an inextricable relationship between personality and depression.
Many studies have found that patients with depression tend to score high on the neurotic dimension, while the extraverted and conscientious dimensions score very low. This means that people who are unstable in mood, have poor ability to regulate emotions, do not like to socialize, and are easily self-closed are more likely to suffer from depression.
But why do depression patients have a low due diligence score? Shouldn’t a person with a low due diligence score do what he wants? In the common sense of many people, depression patients often impose many restrictions on themselves, leading to the courage to try many things and thus self-closure, so it seems counterintuitive for a person to do what he wants to suffer from depression.
However, from the perspective of psychological research, depression patients have a low due diligence score, which may be because depression patients often have difficulty controlling their inner thoughts. On the one hand, it is easy to think too much, and on the other hand, it is It is difficult to control one’s urges and easily lose his temper.
However, the relationship between personality traits and depression is not as strong as we think.
First of all, people with high neuroticism scores and low extraversion scores are more likely to suffer from depression. This only shows that this type of people are susceptible to depression, which is equivalent to their poor “immunity” to depression. When faced with frustration and stress, depression is more likely.
Secondly, some studies have shown that a person’s depression is cured or worsened, and his/her personality does not necessarily change accordingly. This also explains why depression always recurs, and to a certain extent, there may be many factors that cause depression, such as frustration, stress, and coping styles.
In terms of personality, I belong to a group susceptible to depression, what should I do?
No one wants to suffer from depression, and is depressed and unhappy all day, only to experience the boring life. Each of us wants to pursue a beautiful and happy life, but there are indeed some people who are born more prone to depression than others.
There are many complicated reasons, perhaps because their parents suffer from depression; it may also be because they have been sensitive in character since childhood, and they are prone to sentimentality; or it may be because they have suffered many difficulties and setbacks since childhood. Stress, these reasons without exception will make them more prone to depression than others.