I came across this article over the weekend, and linked to it Sunday but didn’t talk about it. I don’t know if any of you looked at this article or not, however small it’s packed with great information. Apparently after doing a massive study it has been found that certain music tastes can speak to the personality of a person. While surely this is not the rule, it definitely takes away some of the misconceptions about the people who appreciate certain types of music.
A study by a psychology professor has found links between personality and music taste.
The Heriot-Watt university professor Adrian North said: “We have always suspected a link between music taste and personality. This is the first time that we’ve been able to look at it in real detail. No-one has ever done this on this scale before.
“People do actually define themselves through music and relate to other people through it but we haven’t known in detail how music is connected to identity.”
According to the study heavy metal fans are gentle, indie music listeners lack self-esteem and lovers of pop music are uncreative.
He found that country and western fans are hard-working, rap fans outgoing and jazz and classical music supporters are innovative and bursting with self-confidence.
Contrary to the stereotype, heavy metal fans are gentle and at ease with themselves but they tend not to be hardworking.
Those who listen to heavy metal and classical music share character traits of being creative, at ease and introverted.
But classical music fans have high self-esteem while heavy rock fans lack self-belief.
More than 36,000 people around the globe took part in the survey, the biggest of its type ever conducted.
They were asked to rate 104 musical styles in the study and were also questioned on aspects of their personality.
Heavy metal has always been sort of a dark stepchild of the music industry, while that says nothing of it’s revenue because it’s a multi-million dollar industry, those who favor heavy metal music tend to be viewed suspiciously.
So if you’re eclectic and like all kinds of music, does it mean you have a well rounded personality, with several traits of different types, all within one person? I think so.
I like every kind of music there is unless it puts me to sleep or is full of shit like classical (puts me to sleep), rap (full of crap mostly, but not all), and christian music. I believe that there’s a lot of mystery in religion and it seems stupid that faith in this story told by men only is what we must have to make it to Heaven… I have my doubts about that.
I didn’t say that to start a religious debate or to get anyone to decide I’m your cause and you’re going to convert me, I just said that as far as music tastes are concerned, I don’t like to be fed BS. I don’t mean to be crass, but unless Jesus Christ himself came down here and said “Hi I’m Jesus, I am the Son of God, believe in me and all your sins will be forgiven and I got to witness a sea parting or something, I’m having a hard time believing that this world is what the bible says it is, or will be. Oh yes, I’ve read it, on my own and understood, I don’t need someone to
feed me their personally motivated interpretation translate.
I’m glad these kinds of studies are being done though, to delve into the different conceptions people have about each other is revealing and at the same time a learning experience. I think it’s a shame to judge and expect certain things out of people you do not know, especially when that judgment is based on sight, not conversation or interaction.
What’s your take on this study? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
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