Drinking Your Coffee Black Means You’re More Likely to Be a Psychopath

Can’t argue with science.

How do you take your coffee? Skim milk? Cream and sugar? With a splash of whiskey? Black?

If it’s the latter, we have bad news: you might be a psychopath.

According to the Independent, “researchers found people partial to bitter tastes, such as black coffee and tonic water, were more likely to display signs of Machiavellianism, sadism and narcissism, meaning they were more prone to being duplicitous, vain, selfish and deriving pleasure from other’s pain.” Fun!

All this data is derived from a study led by Professor Christina Sagioglou from Innsbruck University in Austria. Researches gave 500 participants a list with equal numbers of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter foods. They were asked to rank them on a six-point scale, and, separately, completed four different personality questionnaires which assessed their aggression, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and “everyday sadism.”

The conclusion? “General bitter taste preferences emerged as a robust predictor for Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism and everyday sadism.”

We’re sure they’re not talking about you.

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