“How much people like bitter-tasting foods and drinks is tied to how dark their personality is.”
Our personalities are affected by countless factors, from our childhoods to our genetic dispositions, from the people we choose to hang out with to things that are totally out of our control.
Inversely, our personality affects the choices we make, as well as our preferences and dislikes, even when we’re not fully aware of it. Yet sometimes, these preferences might be more telling than we hope.
A recent study from the University of Innsbruck in Austria investigated how our taste in food and drink might reflect our personalities, and they specifically wanted to find out what food choices are most associated with antisocial personality traits and even psychopathy. Once you see the results, you might just want to stop ordering these things in public.
Would you pass this test?
The study surveyed 504 participants on their taste preferences. Subjects were shown a list of different food and drinks that fell under the categories of salty, sweet, bitter, and sour before having to rate the different items on a six-point scale.
Some of the menu items included bacon, beer, and coffee.
Next, participants filled out a group of personality questionnaires that were designed to measure aggression and rate the subjects’ “Big Five” of openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, neuroticism, and the “Dark Triad” of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.
Lastly, participants filled out the “Comprehensive Assessment of Sadistic Tendencies,” as more support now shows sadism to be its own “noxious personality trait.” Kinky!