Your Musical Taste and You

Your Musical Taste and You

By Stacy Wandrey


When two people meet for the first time, one of the first questions asked to break the ice is usually, “What kind of music do you like?”.  This question starts a conversation about mutual favorites, or ends quickly depending on their response. The answer to this simple question is actually a subconscious description of your personality, because your musical taste can reflect certain aspects of your character.


A recent study was completed regarding what people talked about when they first met and looked at five main personality traits: openness to experience, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability. This study paired two people together and found that the participants that talked about music had a better sense of these personality traits in the other person.   


Research has also suggested that the different musical genres indicate certain personality types such as:    

    Blues music: high self-esteem, creative, outgoing, and gentle.    

    Classical music: high self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease.

    Rap music: High self-esteem, outgoing.  

    Country music: Hardworking and outgoing.

    Indie music: Low self-esteem and creative.

    Rock/Heavy Metal: Low self-esteem, creative, not outgoing, gentle.

Whatever your preferred listening habits, music is a unique part of your personality. These studies risk oversimplifying musical taste and character, but for the most part studies of introverts and extroverts show a similarity in personality and musical choices. If it’s good, listen to it.    



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Posted on October 2, 2015 .