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Psychopaths like to drink black coffee, study finds

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If you like to drink your coffee black, maybe you're a person who prefers strong flavours, is in desperate need of a pick-me-up or perhaps slightly hungover.

Or, you might be a psychopath.

A study, published in the journal Appetite last year, found a correlation between the love of bitter flavours - like black coffee - and some less than desirable personality traits.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 adults, asking them to give their preferences when it came to food and flavours like sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Participants then took a series of personality tests to assess their personality traits, focusing on antisocial traits such as sadism, narcissism and psychopathy.

The study found preferences for bitter flavours were linked to psychopathic behaviour.

Researchers at the University of Innsbruck found the closest association between bitter foods and "everyday sadism."

In comparison, people who drink their coffee with milk and sugar are more likely to show "agreeable" tendencies like kindness, cooperativeness and sympathy.

The study didn't just look at black coffee. Participants who reported a fondness for radishes, celery and tonic water were also more likely to exhibit antisocial traits.

So, if your next Tinder date orders black coffee at the end of the meal, consider yourself warned.