15 September 2008

Music versus Personality

A study reported on bbc.co.uk suggests a link between the type of music
a person enjoys and personality. They looked at 36,000 people

  • 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
Source: Heriot-Watt University 

For the most part the above seems fairly accurate when I think of the
music I like. But because I like multiple genres some characteristics
are contradictory eg. if you compare classical and jazz one says
"introvert", the other "outgoing".

As always, take studies like this with a grain of salt. In 36,000 samples there's bound to be many that don't fit the descriptions.

Anywhoo, something to think about while you're listening to your
favourite tunes....

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