Music and personality

Bjarki

Registered Member
#1
Music tastes link to personality

Musical tastes and personality type are closely related, according to a study of more than 36,000 people from around the world.

The research, which was carried out by Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University, is said to be the largest such study ever undertaken.

It suggested classical music fans were shy, while heavy metal aficionados were gentle and at ease with themselves.

Professor North described the research as "significant" and "surprising".

What does your musical taste say about you?

He 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."

Prof North said the research could have many uses in marketing, adding: "If you know a person's music preference you can tell what kind of person they are, who to sell to.

"There are obvious implications for the music industry who are are worried about declining CD sales.

"One of the most surprising things is the similarities between fans of classical music and heavy metal. They're both creative and at ease but not outgoing.

"The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things."

More than 36,000 people from all over the world were asked to rate 104 musical styles and also questioned about aspects of their personality.

The study is continuing and Prof North, who is head of the university's department of applied psychology, is still looking for participants to take part in a short online questionnaire.

MUSICAL STYLES VERSUS PERSONALITY TRAITS

BLUES High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease

JAZZ High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease

CLASSICAL MUSIC High self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease

RAP High self-esteem, outgoing

OPERA High self-esteem, creative, gentle

COUNTRY AND WESTERN Hardworking, outgoing

REGGAE High self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease

DANCE Creative, outgoing, not gentle

INDIE Low self-esteem, creative, not hard working, not gentle

BOLLYWOOD Creative, outgoing

ROCK/HEAVY METAL Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease

CHART POP High self-esteem, not creative, hardworking, outgoing, gentle, not at ease

SOUL High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease
Any thoughts? Do you fit in?

 
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ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#3
From the list, I often listen to several:

JAZZ High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease
CLASSICAL MUSIC High self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease
DANCE Creative, outgoing, not gentle
ROCK/HEAVY METAL Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease
CHART POP High self-esteem, not creative, hardworking, outgoing, gentle, not at ease
SOUL High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease

:hmm:

Whatever low self-esteem that rock music gave me has been balanced by the other music. Same thing with "not gentle" (soul and chartpop balances dance). :lol:

I noticed that RAP (oh, and country/western) music doesn't have "creative" on the personality description. The ones I know who listen to rap are usually creative.

Maybe the result will be more interesting for someone who listens mostly to one type of music.
 

Nightsurfer

~Lucky 13 strikes again~
#4
I Definitely did not fit into the ROCK/HEAVY METAL Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease.

Nope not me at all..But then again i also listen to classical,Electronic,Rave,Techno,Classic rock,Blues,Jazz. Everything but country and rap or hip hop.

So what does that make me? I a Mutant!!!
 

Merc

Certified Shitlord
V.I.P.
#6
It's just another way to try and categorize people. It works in general ways, but not very well overall.
 

Bjarki

Registered Member
#7
The problem with Rock & metal is the variety in subgenres I think. Someone who listens to Classic Rock is totally different from someone who listens to extreme Metal.

As a whole I think the description is somewhat suiting in my case. First comes Rock & Metal, second comes Classical. Creative, gentle, introvert, at ease are things that apply to me.
 

Rectify88

Registered Member
#8
Well there's way to many styles that I actually fit into so I think that that's just way to random for me. Besides when your a Musician you have to like a lot of style to be really diverse and have a good sense of musicality for instance what they said about Rock there are a number of traits that apply to me but there are some that just don't
 

vampirebloom

Registered Member
#9
ROCK/HEAVY METAL Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease

i think that sums me up... well i do work hard.. ish
 

Envy

Band Nerd ♫
#10
JAZZ High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease
CLASSICAL MUSIC High self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease
ROCK/HEAVY METAL Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease

I have ok self esteem, ok probably low... but I have reason. :mad: lol Anyways, I guess you could also say I'm creative, I'm pretty outgoing, really not at ease, I work hard when I see fit, and gentle? I don't know. I guess I am gentle. I never really hurt anybody or anything. XD