A new study shows that psychopaths and other people with anti-social tendencies prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate and tonic to soda. People that enjoy bitter foods and drinks display anti-social tendencies.
The new research involved 953 adults, of whom 48 percent were women. Participants ranked their favorite foods and drinks and agreed to do personality tests, which assessed their emotional intelligence and tendencies toward “everyday sadism”.
Many of the volunteers that answered positively to questions like “Do you enjoy tormenting people?” added dark chocolate and tonic to their favorite list of foods. Questionnaires enabled researchers to estimate narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic tendencies.
Lead author Christian Sagioglou from the Innsbruck University underlined that there is a link between a taste for bitter foods and drinks and anti-social behavior. People who enjoy bitter taste had scored high on everyday sadism and anti-social behavior.
There was also a control group consisting of people who enjoyed sour, sweet or salty taste. Researchers found a link between people who enjoy sweets and a high level of empathy towards their peers.
Psychopaths Like Bitter Tasting Foods
People who enjoyed tonic, gin, martini, and other bitter tasting drinks displayed evident anti-social tendencies and psychopathic traits. The study also confirmed a theory that states people who are able to maintain prolonged eye contact with their peers are more likely to be psychopaths.
Psychopaths are people that suffer from the so-called “moral insanity,” i.e. they cannot register the consequences of their own actions. Some psychopaths are born this way while others become like that after a severely defective upbringing.
One of the red flags that you may be dealing with a psychopath is an uncaring attitude towards the feelings of others also known as “coldheartedness.” MRI scans showed that psychopaths have weak connections in that part of the brain that generates emotions.
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