Do you think people who love heavy metal are mean and filled with conflict, or that those who listen to pop are nothing more than infantile pedestrians? According to Professor Adrian North of Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University, who has been studying the links between people’s personalities and their choice of music, this may not be the case.
People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, clothing, and slang. Therefore, there is a close tie between personality and musical taste.
He performed the largest study ever conducted into individuals’ musical preference and character, where researchers asked 36,518 people from around the world to rate how much they liked 104 different musical styles before taking a personality test.
Here are some of their findings.
Jazz and classical music listeners are creative with good self-esteem, although the former are outgoing whereas the latter are introverted.
Country and western fans were found to be hardworking and shy.
Rap fans are extroverted and rebellious
Those who love listening to indie lack self-esteem and are not very gentle.
Meanwhile, heavy metal listeners are gentle and are at ease with themselves.
Those who likeare generally creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease with themselves and have a high self-esteem.
So perhaps we can all learn a little about ourselves from our music preferences. I on the other hand, am a musical mutt and listen to just about anything. Perhaps some more research is needed.