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I'm a food psychologist – what your dependable diet really says about you

We all have our favorite foods.

Ice cream, pizza, pasta, roast dinner, all the choices tell us something about our personality.

Charles Spence is a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University and wrote an article entitled "What is the relationship between personality and food behavior?" . Research in the Journal of Food Science.

"Researchers have found that personality traits and basic tastes such as sweet, bitter, salty and sour, and the mysterious fifth taste of umami (food flavors and meat). Taste) ", he explained in the article.

"According to the Big Five personality trait theory, five important factors determine a person's personality.

  1. Extraversion = Outgoing / Energetic vs. Solitude / Reservation
  2. Pleasure = Friendly / Compassion vs. Critical / Rational
  3. Openness to Experience = Ingenuity / Curiosity vs. Consistency / Careful
  4. Honesty = Efficient / Organizational vs. Luxury / Careless
  5. Nervousness = Sensitive / Nervous vs. Resilience / Confidence
Anxious people tend to be less adventurous with their diet.

"Interestingly, some of these traits correlate with various aspects of people's food behavior."

Professor Spence is the most between personality and food behavior. He continued to explain that one of the common associations stems from the extrovert or introvert dimension.

"Diplomatists tend to prefer more senses, both from the food they eat and from the music they listen to," he added.

"Extroverts tend to be more sensory than introverts."

Therefore, extroverts are more painful than introverts. I tend to choose food.

"Seeking for novelty is also related to the taste of salty foods," he added.

"Uneasy people tend to enjoy a much narrower range of

But those who are open to experiencing different things in life If so, you are more likely to be open to trying new foods.

People who eat salty foods tend to be novelty seeking.

"In one study, openness and above average participants I ate about 4.5. I had more fruit and vegetable combinations a week than my less open peers, "Professor Spence continued.

"They also didn't consume much unhealthy foods such as potato chips and french fries."

However, good news for those who like bitter foods. Not.

"As the author of one study states," general bitter taste preferences have emerged as powerful predictors of Machiavellianism, psychopathies, narcissism, and everyday sadism. " He is writing.

Professor Spence is the author of Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating.

This story originally appeared in The Sunand was reproduced here with permission.