What Your Taste In Music Says About Your Personality

Posted at March 11th, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in Grapevine

Music has the magical ability to bring together people and mould strong communities. Whether you like banging your head to heavy metal or you like the mellow, soothing tunes of an acoustic set, you will always find other people who like such music and that immediately bonds you with millions of strangers. Ever noticed that you get along more with people who have the same taste in music as you? That’s because your preference in music reveals aspects about your personality.

According to a study done by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, there may be a connection between your personality and the music you prefer. Check out the extensive study here.

They interviewed over 1,000 students on their individual music preferences and compared them to aspects of their personality. Genre preferences and the main 5 personality traits; extraversion, conscientiousness, emotional stability, agreeableness, and openness, seemed to have a correlation.

The study showed that people who listen to music that is ‘upbeat & conventional’ like pop and country are found to be social and interactive, as well as concerned with making a good impression on others. Those who prefer genres that are ‘reflective and complex’ like jazz, blues, and folk music, or ‘intense and rebellious’ like punk, rock, and heavy metal, were found to be open-minded to new ideas and thoughts.

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So, what about EDM fans?

Apparently people who enjoy ‘energetic and rhythmic’ tunes like electronic dance music are found to have higher self-esteem and are extroverts. EDM fans also view themselves as more attractive physically than fans of other genres view themselves.

Music is a defining part of our social identity and you may realize that the people in your life actually reflect on this school of thought. There will be exceptions of course, but this is a good rule of thumb to follow.

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Shivani Goel

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