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Music Is An Effective Coping Strategy

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Part one
People across the globe come together through music. It defines our characteristics and influences our mood in such ways that can be beneficial to our wellbeing. I will create a playlist that will help change a person’s present emotional state to a more beneficial mood. When we’re happy we may listen to upbeat music; when we’re sad we may listen to slower, moving songs; when we’re angry we may listen to darker music with heavy guitar, drums, and vocals that reflect our level of anger. In this way, music can be an effective coping strategy. We can listen to music that elicits emotions we want to feel in a given moment. If we feel lazy and unmotivated, maybe a playlist of up-tempo, energetic songs would be a helpful way to change our mood. The “ISO” (Greek for “equal”) principle incorporates beginning a music therapy session by listening to music that is “equal to” the individual’s initial mood state. A patient feeling depressed may begin by listening to music with slow tempo that matches their mood. Songs can be interpreted in many different ways and can generally resonates with the person’s feelings. When going through a break up with a significant other, individuals will listen to melancholic songs that unravel their built up emotions. In some cases, this causes them to isolate themselves more and dig deeper into a negative emotional state. The genre of music that is included in the playlist is mainly alternative rock throughout As the playlist progresses the
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