As a guy whose stomach is getting steadily bigger by the day it’s no hidden secret I love food and drink. Not in a classy way, more in a gluttonous way.
I love few things more than piling on the grub to a plate of unfathomable proportion. I like to feel rotten after a meal. To feel the skin stretching around my belly as my gut bellows over my jeans. In a whole world of regret.
I’m not afraid to say it, but I like bitter food and drink too. I like black coffee, grapefruit, lemons, limes, ginger, cheap lager and stout, but apparently, this makes me a psychopath.
Yes, according to a new study of almost 1,000 people, carried out at Innsbruck University in Austria, people who enjoy bitter food and drink are the same folk who like waterboarding OAP’s in their spare time.
More so, according to Vice, they’re ‘duplicitous, self-serving, cold-hearted, vain, selfish, sadistic, narcissistic and even psychopathic’. Jeez, I just like a strong coffee.
The researchers explained:
The results suggest how much people like bitter-tasting foods and drinks is stably tied to how dark their personality is.
[These findings are the] first empirical evidence that bitter taste preferences are linked to malevolent personality traits.
The first experiment, conducted on 500 people, men and women, with an average age of 35, involved asking them to rate certain foods based on how much they liked them. Then they all had to fill in four different personality questionnaires.
The questionnaires asked the participants a whole host of things to subtly find out how aggressive they were. They also had to fill in a survey called a ‘Comprehensive Assessment of Sadistic Tendencies’. Again, I just like the occasional bitter taste. I’m not a sadist.
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The results found people who enjoy ginger and cauliflower are the same people who claimed on the questionnaire they enjoyed tormenting people etc.
After the first experiment, a second one was carried out and the results were weirdly similar.
The researchers concluded:
General bitter taste preferences emerged as a robust predictor for Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism and everyday sadism.
Although the reason behind it isn’t clear, one theory is bitter foods in the wild were typically poisonous, so while most of us wouldn’t want to ingest something potentially deadly, psychopaths got slightly turned on by the possibility of danger.