Friday, July 7, 2017

"Why your boss' preference for black coffee could mean they're a psychopath"

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From City AM:
Does your boss take their coffee strong and black? Do they recoil at the thought of cake? Good news: there's a chance they are a psychopath.

Two studies by researchers at Innsbruck University found people who have preferences for bitter flavours tend to be associated with "malevolent" personality traits.

Previous research has suggested both humans and primates are born with a preference for sweet tastes and an aversion to bitter and sour tastes: our taste for them is acquired through exposure.

But the studies, of 1,000 people, asked people to rate their preferences for sweet foods, such as chocolate cake; sour foods, such as lemons and vinegar; salty foods, such as beef jerky and bacon and bitter tastes, including coffee and radishes.

They then completed three quizzes; two testing them on their personalities, and one assessing their levels of Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism.

The results suggested a preference for bitter tastes were positively associated with psychopathy, everyday sadism and trait aggression....MORE
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Customer: "Can I have a pint of steamed milk with 4 shots of espresso?"
Barista: "You mean a quad venti non-fat latte?"
Customer: "No, a pint of steamed milk with 4 shots of espresso. Do you have shit in your ears?"