Monday 27 February 2017

Like your coffee black? You're more likely to be a psychopath according to new research

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Those who love black coffee are more likely to be psychopaths.
Those who love black coffee are more likely to be psychopaths.

It’s best to tread carefully around those who take their coffee black as they’re more likely to be psychopaths, new research has suggested.

A new study has found that black coffee lovers are more likely to display sadistic and narcissistic tendencies than their cappuccino-sipping mates.

The research, conducted in Innsbruck University, tested the personalities of more than 500 subjects in conjunction with their taste preferences. The subjects were asked to rate salty, sweet, bitter and sour foods and their preferences were measured against the results of their personality questionnaires.

The research subjects were asked to answer 'Yes' or 'No' to poised questions such as ‘Given enough provocation, I may hit someone.’  They were assessed for traits of Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism. They were also included in an assessment of Sadistic Tendancies.

The research was published in Appetite revealed: “General bitter taste preferences emerged as a robust predictor for Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism and everyday sadism.”

Professor Christina Sagioglou, who conducted the research, said that those who enjoy bitter foods enjoy activities that induce fear.

“We found particularly robust correlations with everyday sadism, which is a construct related to benign masochism – the enjoyment of painful activities.”

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