Is your date a psychopath? What they order at the bar might provide clues

Is your date a psychopath? What they order at the bar might provide clues

- A study has shown links between people who like bitter flavours with those who are inclined to be bitter and twisted

- Supertasters don’t makes the most super dates

- Whether the study will help you avoid heartbreak is debatable, but the results of the study are interesting anyway

Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell whether a potential date is a creep or going to be your next crazy ex when you go on the first date?

It turns out, studies suggest clues about people’s personalities or emotional health can be taken from something as simple as their taste in drinks.

When it comes to picking out potential psychopaths from the dating pool, perhaps you should pay more attention to what they order from the bar at your first date.

Bartender serving customers

It turns out your barman might have clues to your personality based just on your drink of choice. Photo: Upserve

Briefly.co.za learned that researchers at one of Austria’s leading tertiary institutions, Innsbruck University gleaned interesting results in a study which looked at a correlation between the sense of taste and personality traits.

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The results indicated that people who enjoy bitter flavors like the tonic water in a gin and tonic, seemed to be more prone to "Machiavellianism, psychoticism, and narcissism," among other traits.

Other bitter flavours including black coffee, and dark chocolate were similarly linked to the anti-social psychological tendencies.

The study which was conducted by means of questionnaires by more than 900 men and women, graded participants on their taste preferences as well as gauging their emotional stability.

Participants had to grade sour, salty and bitter foods on a scale and then answer the psychometric questionnaires.

"Supertasting, that is, having a high sensitivity to bitter compounds, has been consistently linked to increased emotionality in humans and rats," said the study.

"Bitter taste experiences were shown to elicit harsher moral judgement and interpersonal hostility." Scientists found that those who favored bitter food and drinks more often than not displayed a higher number of negative personality traits.

Of course, as anyone who follows science will tell you, correlation and causation are not the same thing, so being keen on bitter tastes isn’t what makes a person bitter, and neither does the study say it does.

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At the end of the day if it were really so simple to avoid heartbreak, no one would ever find dating a struggle. And how often have you come to the end of a relationship and only then seen all the red flags which were there all along but you never saw through your rose tinted love goggles.

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