WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A new study conducted by the University of Innsbruck in Austria found a link between food and drink preferences and “malevolent personality traits.”
- The data reveal a strong relationship between the heightened enjoyment of bitter foods and drinks and increased sadistic inclinations.
- So, if you love your coffee black in the morning and order gin and tonic at a bar at night, you might be a psychopath.
A psychopath can be very picky about his foods and drinks, the more bitter, the better. So, if someone from a coffee shop acts a little crazy when there’s sugar in his coffee and he specifically orders black, chances are… he’s not acting.
And what do they drink at a bar? Well, psychopaths love the bitter bite of a gin and tonic, according to Men’s Health.
Austria’s Innsbruck University conducted a research that ran two tests on a study group of 953 participants. The study aimed to find a connection between food and drink preferences and “malevolent personality traits.”
On the first part of the study, the participants assessed a list of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter foods and drinks on a scale of one to six. The other half of the experiment involved a personality questionnaire. Personality traits tested include the “Dark Triad’ (Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy), everyday sadism, trait aggression, and the Big Five personality factors (Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Extraversion, and Neuroticism).
The paper cites studies which associate a bitter food/drink preference, known as “Supertasting,” to “increased emotionality.”
“To our knowledge, this is the first research linking taste preferences to antisocial personality traits,” the authors write.
The authors also added that though the study may be the first of its kind, it stands on firm ground.
“The data thereby provide novel insights into the relationship between personality and the ubiquitous behaviors of eating and drinking by consistently demonstrating a robust relation between increased enjoyment of bitter foods and heightened sadistic proclivities,” notes the study.