According to new research, people who like strong, black coffee are more likely to show psychopathic traits. In a study observing the taste preferences of 953 people, it was found that people who enjoyed bitter flavours over sweet flavours were more likely to exhibit signs of antisocial behaviour problems.
The study was conducted by the University of Innsbruck, Austria, by psychologists Christina Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer, in which participants had to rate on a six-point scale how much they enjoy different types of food and drinks based on how sweet, sour, salty or bitter they are. They then matched up their findings to four different personality types that looked at specific traits.
In the personality test they were asked questions to measure aggression, how manipulative they are, there personality type and the feelings they got from others suffering. There was a significant link to those who like strong bitter flavours like coffee and people who display Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, and everyday sadism
The study also showed that if you like more sweet flavours, you will be more likely to show pleasant traits such as sympathy, kindness and cooperativeness.
Don’t take these results to seriously, as this was a self-reported study and I think more research is needed to come to any full blown conclusion. But just keep an eye out if you are on a first date, a business lunch or one of your friends order the black coffee, as it could just mean you are hanging out with a psychopath!
This article is to be taken with a pinch of salt and although it is based on a real study, it was written in good fun! Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below!