We have some bad news for you if you love drinking gin and tonics: You might be a psychopath.
A recent study revealed that people who enjoy bitter foods and drinks also possess more malevolent personality traits.
Psychologists from Innsbruck University in Austria, who conducted the research, performed two experiments carried out on 953 people.
Each of the men and women was presented with a list of foods and beverages including bitter, sour, salty and sweet items and were asked to rate each item, then given a personality questionnaire to fill out.
The questions gauged their levels of emotional stability, “Machiavellianism” (being so focused on individual interests that they will manipulate, deceive and exploit others to achieve their goals), aggression and “tendency towards everyday sadism.”
They were asked whether they enjoy “tormenting people.” Bizarrely enough, the people who expressed a greater liking for bitter foods, like dark chocolate, coffee, and tonic water, exhibited more psychotic tendencies.
“The results of both studies confirmed the hypothesis that bitter taste preferences are positively associated with malevolent personality traits, with the most robust relation to everyday sadism and psychopathy,” the researchers concluded.
They said that a person who displayed more “agreeableness,” basically being kind, nice and sympathetic, showed a negative correlation with those who preferred bitter flavors.
Study leader Dr. Christian Sagioglou said that eating bitter foods could possibly be “compared to a roller-coaster ride where people enjoy things that induce fear.”
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