First and foremost,
Music is a universal language, capable of making people happy, sad, angry, or even motivated. But what about your character? Your playlist reveals a lot more than you think!
Music is an important part of people’s lives all over the world, so it’s no surprise that many people wonder if there are individual factors that influence musical preferences as well. For example, could one’s listening habits be linked to underlying personality traits? According to one theory, music can help us better understand ourselves by observing our mood while we listen—do I feel energised when hearing piano pieces?”
Personality Traits and Music Styles:
Researchers recently identified personality traits associated with musical styles in order to understand why people may feel defensive about their musical tastes. Adrian North suggests that because we use music to connect with others, some people may define themselves through it rather than allowing others to do so for them. According to his research, many celebrities appear to be drawn to certain genres not only because they enjoy listening to these songs, but also because of the personalities associated with those specific types of tunes, such as this one:
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Pop: According to studies, the most popular pop music is preferred by extroverted, honest people with traditional attitudes. Pop listeners are hardworking and self-assured, but they are less creative than others.
Hip-hop and rap music
Rap and Hip Hop have been stereotyped as violent, aggressive music, but this is not the case. Rap fans, according to researchers, are more outgoing people with high self-esteem.
Country music is more than a genre of music. It embodies everything that makes America great: hard work, sobriety, and patriotism. The lyrics frequently reflect on life in the American South, with themes such as love lost or unrequited, but country fans are emotionally stable people who tend to be conservative and rank lower on openness to experience scale
Music of the Rock/Heavy Metal Genre
Rock and heavy metal music are known for their ferocity. Researchers discovered, however, that these people are usually quite gentle by nature. They are creative but introverted with low self-esteem, which is why it is important for them not to feel judged when expressing their creativity in this genre as opposed to other genres such as pop or rap, where they would need confidence before presenting themselves on stage.
Researchers discovered that those who enjoy indie music are typically introverted, intellectual, and creative. They are also less hardworking and more aggressive than other groups of people. The group is also known for having low self-esteem.
Researchers have discovered that people who enjoy dance music are typically outgoing and assertive. They also tend to score high on one of the five major personality traits, openness to experience. People who prefer fast-paced electronic music are also less gentle because they are less comfortable with change than those who prefer slower genres such as country or ballads.
Music of the Classics
Classical music has been around for thousands of years, but it is a relatively new genre. Classical music fans are more introverted and at ease with themselves and the world around them because they are creative people with high self-esteem.
Jazz, blues, and soul music
Jazz, blues, and soul music fans are often extroverted and self-assured. They are also very creative and intelligent enough to face a lifetime of challenges; these people have an easy time feeling at ease with themselves in any situation they are confronted with.
Music and Personality:
The unexpected results of music and personality studies have led researchers to question their validity. Several of these findings suggest that musical preferences can be good predictors of broad traits like introversion or neuroticism. However, not all research agrees with this finding, leaving some in doubt about what is true when it comes to predicting who we are based on our music.
You know when someone you just met asks what your favourite type of music is, and then they tell you it’s also their all-time favourite? You’re both nodding, your eyes wide open as if to say, “Wow, I found a friend!” According to psychologists Jason Rentfrow and Sam Gosling’s research, this could be true.
They investigated the relationships between personality traits and the types of music (or other arts) listened to, and then made predictions about people who listen to those same styles or genres. These conclusions can range from very specific assumptions, such as whether one prefers classical music over pop music, to broad generalisations, such as whether we believe in human nature versus a mechanistic world view!Listening to your favourite songs may be more than just a pleasurable experience. Researchers discovered that after listening to ten of their favourite songs, people can accurately judge an individual’s levels of extraversion, creativity, and open mindedness.
Extroverts prefer music with heavy bass lines, whereas those who enjoy jazz or classical styles are often regarded as the most creative people in society because they are not constrained by genre conventions that popular musicians frequently explore—and this is true even when IQ scores are taken into account! Rentfrow and Gosling extended these musical preference research findings beyond introverted listeners:
According to new research, the type of music you listen to may be related to your cognitive style. Researchers in Sweden discovered that those who prefer empathising prefer softer and slower tempo songs, whereas systemizers prefer upbeat tracks with a faster lyric pace.
While it is common to believe that personality traits alone account for musical preferences, research has revealed that there are a number of other factors as well. Personality can influence music taste on levels other than the individual’s own self-identity by performing a variety of psychological functions such as improving performance and stimulating curiosity or imagination.
Other factors such as gender, age group, social class, and cultural background all play a role in determining what type of music someone prefers to listen to, with studies indicating that these groups may have different tastes due not only to attachment but also because they were exposed at certain ages where certain types of sounds would be preferred over others based on experience.
Listening to your own style of music while working out or commuting can help people with different music and personality types get in tune and feel more energised.