'Eating meat brings out the worst in people'
25 August 2011
People who eat meat are more selfish, less social and more distant.
At least that's what three professors from Tilburg and Nijmegen report
after having conducted several studies about the psychological impact of of
meat and meat eating. According to the findings carnivores feel superior to
others whilst vegetarians and flexitarians are happier and less lonely.
The studies were done by psychologist Marcel Zeelenberg, consumer
scientist Diederik Stapel (Tilburg University) and psychologist Roos Vonk (Radboud
Experiments showed that insecure people preferred beef
to eggs and fish. Furthermore groups having seen a picture of a cow and
steak demonstrated a more selfish attitude in multiple choice tests,
compared to those having seen a tree.
"Carnivores think more in
terms of dominance and being the boss. Eating meat is a way to rise up above
others," says Vonk.