How Does Music Reflect One's Personality?
How does music reflect one's personality? We all know that music is influential, but which genres are certain temperaments more likely to gravitate toward?
From the studies, one can gather that their is a link between musical taste and an individuals personality. Heavy metal fans are gentle, indie music listeners lack self-esteem lovers of pop music are uncreative, and hip hop listeners have high self esteem and are very outgoing.
The reason people think music is such a significant link to personalities, is that people accurately define themselves through music. A key reason that people become so defensive of what they listen to is found on their outlook of life. When you talk negatively about ones music taste you are inadvertently deriding them. Lots of people blatantly talk about how they hate this band or love this one and it can really feel like a personal attack. I know i can get offended if some one talks bad about my favorite band.We are drawn to certain genres because we can relate to them on a personal level.
A study has been done called "The Do Re Mi's Of Every Day Life" by Peter Rentfrow and and Sam Gosling. They came us with four music category's: Reflexive and Complex is Classical/folk/jazz, Energetic and Rhythmic is hiphop/dance, Upbeat and Conventional that is Religious/country/pop, and Intense and Rebellious is heavy metal/rock/alternative. The study shows how these music groups really do relate to people's personalities. They found that people who fell into the same categories had similar personality traits. Energetic and Rhythmic people can be very confident, liberal-minded, athletic, and can feel attractive. Upbeat and Conventional people are trusting, hardworking, helpful, and are politically conservative. Reflexive and Complex people can be open minded, politically liberal, creative, intelligent, and tolerant. Intense and Rebellious people tend to be athletic, rebellious, adventurous, intelligent, and inquisitive.
Music can really reflect personality and reflect who people are. Music is very influential in who a person is. Studies show that people with certain personality traits tend to gravitate towards the same music genre.