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How would you like to have your cup of coffee? Are you fond of bitter taste or appreciate tinge of sweetness while having your cup? A recent study showed that people who are fond of bitter tastes are likely to develop psychopathic tendencies.

A study conducted recently by scientists from Innsbruck University of Austria has reported that people who prefer bitter tastes such as that of black coffee or tonic water are more susceptible to showcase signs of psychopathy, Machiavellianism, everyday sadism and narcissism.

This means that such people are more disposed to being selfish, vain and derive pleasure out of other people’s sufferings.

A team led by psychologist Professor Christina Sagioglou examined over 1000 people including men and women in two different studies.

Researchers asked the participants to rate their preferences for different food items that include equal number of sweet, sour, salty and bitter drinks and eatables on a six-point scale. The same participants then given four personality questionnaires that were focused on some specific personality traits.

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While the first personality test inquired into the aggression level, asking the candidates to access and rate the statement “Given enough provocation, I may hit another person”, the another one was to determine how manipulative those people are.

The third test was based on “Big 5’ personality traits”, while the last one was supposed  to deduce how much gratification these people derive when they see other people suffering.

These results were cross-checked with the preferences for food items and it has been established that those showing great affinity towards bitter tastes, especially coffee, tonic water or beer have antisocial personality traits out of which the most robust is psychopathy and everyday sadism.

Dr. Sagioglou said that “We found particularly robust correlations with everyday sadism . . . [which is] a construct related to benign masochism – the enjoyment of painful activities” According to him eating bitter foods may be “compared to a rollercoaster ride where people enjoy things that induce fear.”

This research has find its place in the journal ‘Appetite’. As per the researchers of this study, the investigation relating to correlation between what people like to eat and their personality traits is still in its initial stage and there is still more to be explored in this area.

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