If this is your partner’s usual coffee order, they might be a psychopath

Sorry

Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

By now we’ve worked out that when picking a potential partner, we really aren’t in control. We might think we are, but in fact we end up choosing lovers thanks to the scientifically proven pull of the beard, or because women are supposedly attracted to men who look like their brothers.

So if you’ve ended up with someone who also takes their coffee like this, then you’ve potentially got yourself a partner who is a psychopath (and who also potentially shares the same genes as you). Yay.

Science tells us that if you stay friends with your exes you’re more likely to be a psychopath, but now researchers have discovered that your choice of caffeinated beverage could also be an indication…

A new study by the University of Innsbruck found that people who enjoy black coffee and other bitter foods are more likely to have the personality traits that are linked to psychopathic behaviour.

The research asked over 1,000 adults whether they prefer bitter, sweet or salty flavours before giving the participants various personality tests to detect traits linked to sadism, narcissism and psychopathy.

Those participants who prefer bitter flavours were likely to be sadists, individuals who enjoy inflicting pain on others, with Indy100 reporting that people who like radishes, tonic water and celery are more likely to exhibit these antisocial behaviours.

However, it has to be said that drinking black coffee doesn’t necessarily equate to being a psychopath so don’t dump your other half just yet.

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