What Flavor Is Your Personality?: Discover Who You Are by Looking at What You Eat

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The ice cream you prefer, the spices and scents you love and the foods you enjoy can reveal the kind of person you are and even predict the ideal lover or mate for you. Based on his own numerous scientific studies, Dr. Alan Hirsch shows you how food preferences provide important clues about personality types and can even predict behavior.

Learn why hot cinnamon rolls trigger a sexual response, why pregnant women have cravings, why some foods trigger headaches, why some leading ...

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The ice cream you prefer, the spices and scents you love and the foods you enjoy can reveal the kind of person you are and even predict the ideal lover or mate for you. Based on his own numerous scientific studies, Dr. Alan Hirsch shows you how food preferences provide important clues about personality types and can even predict behavior.

Learn why hot cinnamon rolls trigger a sexual response, why pregnant women have cravings, why some foods trigger headaches, why some leading chefs have a poor sense of taste, how certain foods can reveal our hidden psyches and the roles food plays in different religions and cultures. Each chapter contains simple, fun-filled quizzes based on the food and scents we prefer so that you can discover the real you.

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What Flavor Is Your Personality?: Discover Who Your Are By Looking At What You Eat is an informative examination of the research accomplished by the "Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation" that is an entertaining as it is instructive. As the foundation's Neurological Director, Dr. Alan Hirsch examines how our olfactory system works and how people with like personalities share preferences for various foods and scents. Numerous quizzes and surveys enable the reader to determine his or her true personality — and that of friends, families and colleagues. What Flavor Is Your Personality? is a unique, insightful, original, and enthusiastically recommended addition to any personal or professoinal self-improvement, or self-discovery, or self-help reading list and reference collection.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570716478
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1901
  • Pages: 644
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Author-to-Reader vii
Foreword ix
Introduction: Reflecting Who You Are 1
Chapter 1 Your Personality Rules Your Life 9
Chapter 2 The Ways of the Nose 23
Chapter 3 You Are What You Munch 51
Chapter 4 Not So Plain Vanilla: The Ice Cream Personality 67
Chapter 5 The Fruit in Your Life 75
Chapter 6 Spices, Salt, and You 81
Chapter 7 The Sweet Scent of the Past 95
Chapter 8 Taming the Dinner Table Monsters 109
Chapter 9 Sexy Nose, Sexy Food 119
Chapter 10 Can the Chef Taste the Soup? 137
Chapter 11 Personality and Mood 151
Chapter 12 Sacred Chocolate 165
Chapter 13 One Man's Meat 175
Chapter 14 The Food Attitude Survey 199
Appendices 215
Resources 272
Selected References 273
Index 274
About the Author 278
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    A Light Look at Sense of Smell as a Personality Indicator

    Dr. Hirsch is a neurologist and psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients experiencing taste and smell losses. From this work, he was able to conduct many interesting measurements about how our sense of smell translates into personality and behavioral patterns. The book is written in a charming and light-hearted way that makes for interesting reading, much like a series of magazine articles. Each subject contains one or more quizzes to help you get insights into what your personal preferences could mean about your personality. I was attracted to this book by having read Mean Genes. In that book, I learned that about a quarter of all people have a risk-taking gene that is highly associated with liking spicy food. It occurred to me that What Flavor Is Your Personality? could be a more detailed examination of other such genetic patterns. Although the book does not go so far as to claim that these are genetic traits, the studies cited suggest that there are underlying reasons for preferences among aromas and tastes that do correlate to personality and behavior patterns, after controlling for environmental influences. Obviously, this field is one that will develop rapidly after we know more about the human genome. What the book claims is that 'our food choices . . . can provide insight into our personality.' This is true in part because the 'desire for food . . . has an emotional component . . . ' and research has shown 'a less important family role in food preferences.' The book also points out research that suggests that our initial reaction to another person is heavily influenced by 'an olfactory event.' Certainly, we can all remember being repelled by someone who smelled bad to us. Can you remember being attracted to someone who smelled good (by something other than perfume)? The reason that smell is so important is because '90% of taste is actually smell.' Also, we lose our sense of smell with age (particularly after 50). So, for example, those who like spicy foods 'may . . . have an impaired . . . or diminished sense of smell.' Without offsetting that lost sense of smell, some people will feel depressed. The book has separate chapters on snacks, ice cream flavors, fruits, spices and salt, cereals, sensual foods, soup, meat, and (of course) chocolate. The quizzes were often very accurate in describing my personality (and sometimes totally wrong). I felt like I was reading from a fortune teller's book in a way. So don't take this too literally. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book is that the aromas that arouse men and women are quite different. Many men respond to cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pie (dare I say that I love both?). Many women respond well to Good 'N Plenty and cucumbers. These conclusions are based on measuring blood flow to the relevant anatomical areas after eating the foods. Clearly, food preferences don't tell the whole story, but you probably could use this information during a first meeting as one input to help size someone up for compatability. Many of the research findings in the book are designed to be used that way. At the end of the book, there is an extensive test to get a handle on how risk-oriented you are. Much like Mean Genes, I showed up as someone who loves to try and does enjoy new things. Maybe I do have that adventuresome gene. I think another application of this book is to help you deal with loss of taste and smell with age. My kids love to joke that 'Dad doesn't have any taste buds left.' And they may be right. What they have missed, however, is that maybe I don't have much ability to smell left. Chronic sinus infections and allergies may have done their work on me. From this book, I got many interesting ideas for aromas to surround myself with. In any event, you can have a lot of fun with the book . . . just as long as you don't take it too literally. There are certainly many other influences on behavior and personality than the foods we l

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