Drinking coffee: How psychopaths enjoy their coffee

Bitter taste
Psychopaths drink their coffee black

Black or with milk?

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Do you drink your coffee black? Then you’re either into intense taste, you care about your health – or maybe you’re a psychopath. According to a university study, they like to drink the black brew.

Latte macchiato, cappuccino or simply classic milk coffee: Coffee is the Germans’ favorite drink. After all, we down about 0.4 liters of the bean brew every day. However, very few people sip their coffee straight, more than half of the Germans pours some milk into his coffee, a study found out two years ago. Only a third like the coffee black and strong – and could be suspected of being considered a psychopath.

Researchers at the University of Innsbruck have pursued this certainly strange thesis. Whose study, recently published in the journal “appetites” was published, namely establishes a connection between black coffee drinkers and psychopaths. More than 1000 adults were asked about their coffee preferences and had to followed by a personality test complete, which should primarily filter out anti-social currents. Psychopathic, narcissistic or even sadistic tendencies should be detected in this way. In the end, the researchers came to the conclusion that those who tend to everyday sadism or have a psychopathic personality prefer a bitter taste and therefore tend to drink their coffee black.

Sweet makes us friendly, bitter makes us hostile

The bitter taste and lived everyday sadism include not only black coffee, but also preferences for other foods such as tonic, celery or radishes. Here, too, a connection with antisocial traits could be established.

Social behavior and culinary preferences have been studied in the past. So found a previous studyfound that sweet tastes tended to express a friendly and helpful side in subjects – while bitter tastes tended to evoke hostility and stronger moral judgment in us.


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