The Psychology behind how you eat your Gingerbread Man.

By June 17, 2013August 30th, 2017gingerbread folk
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Have you ever caught yourself wondering which part of the gingerbread man you should eat first,  or watched on as as a child delights in the slow and seemingly sadistic act of devouring him limb by limb? Some psychologists believe there is a link between how we consume our gingerbread men and our personality types.

Teresa Brunner is a journalist for The Examiner in the US and her 2010 article references a study conducted by American brand Dunkin Donuts asking more than 500 people how they munch on these cookies. Results were sent to Dr. Alan Hirsch, Neurological Director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

The report conduced “If one chooses to bite the head first, it indicates an achievement-oriented individual, a natural leader, who won’t take no for an answer. If the initial bite is the right hand, it reflects an individual who tends to be skeptical and pessimistic, while those who initially bite the left arm have a flare for creativity and are more extroverted. Those who first choose the legs tend to be more sensitive, revealing in the company of others,” he said.
How do you eat your gingerbread man…Do the results of this study reflect your personality?

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