MUSICAL TASTE: PERSONALITY VS. PREFERENCE

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Makena Imthorn

If you’re a musician, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “music affects your brain in great ways,” more times than you can count. Nonetheless, playing, singing, reading and listening to your favourite tunes can have a serious influence on your feelings and overall attitude.

“Frequent music listeners tend to be more calm and confident,” one survey from Psychology Today states, and many individuals claim that music provides a cathartic release. Catharsis isn’t the only thing music releases, though, as it has been proven that dopamine and oxytocin are usually present in the brains of musicians, and
their audience members, alike.

Many music genres have gained certain reputations in society, and many people find that their taste is similar to what their personality type says. The Myers-Briggs personality types are widely used, but some may know them as just a four-letter code. Others profess that it is much more than that, and it gives deeper information into the inner-workings of the brain. Now, put it to the test. Can your personality predict your music preference?

An article by BufferApp applies this information to different people, claiming, “Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introverted and at ease. Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle.” They also delve into many other genres, including blues, jazz, rap, opera, country, reggae, and pop. People associated with listening to classical, jazz, blues, rap, opera, reggae, and pop are known to have a higher self-esteem, while rock and indie fans are not.

Another article by BeBrainFit provides some tips for music listening. The volume of your music predicts how affective it will be during your work time. A low volume is the best for focussing, such as studying and doing homework. A medium volume is linked with creativity, as it is not too quiet or too loud to distract. A higher volume suggests the listener is looking for motivation, which is what it should be used for. Cleaning your room, checking off a to-do list, or doing the dishes is best at a higher volume as it keeps the brain active and occupied. So, next time you’re writing an English essay, maybe don’t select extra bass on your Bluetooth speaker.