Music As A Predictor For Personality

3016 WordsDec 11, 201413 Pages
For years, music has been an important part of the lives of millions of people all over the world. Music is one of the earliest forms of expressive art and is part of many cultures. It is used by all people of different ages, ethnicities, and gender for many purposes. For many, music is a part of everyday life, being used in social situations. For others, it may be used just as a way to unwind after a long, stressful day, but can it be used to as a predictor for personality? Do people who experience high/low levels of aggression and self-esteem listen to particular genres? Psychologists have started to study how music exactly can lead to an understanding on human behavior. Over the past years, numerous researchers have shown interest in musical preferences and how they relate to personality traits as well (Cattell & Anderson, 1953; Dollinger, 1993). However, because of changes in music and its lyrical content over time, music itself has become an issue of interest and concern. Music and lyrical content have become gradually more explicit with references to drugs, sex, and violence. The anti-social themes overall have lead many adults, mostly parents of young children and teens, to rally against it, especially heavy metal and rap. The anti-social themes have also lead the study of music’s impact on emotion and behavior. Statement of Problem Despite the growing interest and concern, there has been limited research analyzing the relationship between music, personality,
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