Music & Zee Brain pt. 2


  Our Music Choices Can Predict Our Personality


 This should be taken lightly because it's only been tested on young people. Still, I think it could hold some merit! 

A study was conducted using couples that were "getting to know each other" - specifically looking at one another's top 10 songs. Their top 10 favourite songs actually turned out to give reasonably true predictions of the other listeners personality traits. 

The study tested for 5 main personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness and emotional stability. 

Naturally, some traits were easier to accurately predict than others based on listening habits.  Openness to experience being the easiest to predict, closely followed by extraversion and emotional stability. Traits like Conscientiousness, far less so. 

This diagram shows how the different genres correspond to our personality, according to a study conducted at Heriot-Watt University:

To break it down, here is a list of varying music genres and the supposed corresponding traits exhibited by fans:

Blues fans - high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Jazz fans - high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music fans - high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
Rap fans - high self-esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans - high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
Country and western fans - hardworking and outgoing
Reggae fans - high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Dance fans - creative and outgoing but not gentle
Indie fans - low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
Bollywood fans - creative and outgoing
Rock/heavy metal fans - low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Chart pop fans - high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
Soul fans - high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Of course, generalizing based on this study is very hard. However looking at the science of introverts and extroverts, there is some clear overlap.

Do these findings match you?


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