Sweet Tooth, Sweet Heart
Sweet heart. Sour puss. Hot head.
We use taste-related metaphors for people all the time. Now, a new study shows there may actually be something behind them! Psychologists were particularly intrigued by the sweet descriptors – “honey”, “sugar” and “sweetiepie” - that we use to describe nice, kind and caring people.
Do “sweet people” have a “sweet tooth”?
In a study, participants were asked to rate their liking of 50 different foods from 5 major taste groups – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy. They were also asked to answer questions related to their agreeableness.
The results confirmed what the psychologists predicted – the friendliest, most cooperative, compassionate people had a taste for sweet foods.
Worried your penchant for sour foods makes you less agreeable? While the truth behind sour, salty, bitter and spicy (Me-OW! ;) ) personalities have yet to be investigated, one study does suggest that just eating sweet foods may have some influence!
Further backing the “sweetness” theory – in another experiment, given either a cracker, a chocolate or no food, those that received a chocolate were more likely to volunteer time.