The psychology of a specific musical genre can usually describe a person; although, the emotions and feelings that one might think match a specific genre usually tend to be the opposite.
When one thinks of hard rock and heavy metal, images of rebellious, anti-social teenagers probably pop up. According to research quoted in an article for Reader’s Digest, it has been found that students who do listen to heavy metal actually tend to be very gentle and creative people. Take Helix Junior Beth Steinmetz, for example. Steinmetz prefers to listen to heavy metal and hard rock bands, but if you meet her, she is one of the kindest and most creative people on the planet.
Most people are quite different from each other, especially when it comes to musical preference. Students from Helix High School who were surveyed on their favorite types of music were found to have many different tastes. Living in a rural community where farming and rodeos are important, it would have been believed that country music would have been a favorite among most students. The results that occurred were quite different. About 38% of the students said that they prefered Pop music to the other 10 genres that were presented to them; whereas, country music only was favored by about 13% of students.
Music has the power to create and make emotions come out of people. In the research that was conducted, it was found that 69% of those interviewed said they were happy when they listened to their favorite type of music and about 18% said they felt excited or similar emotions as they indulged themselves in their tunes.
Other research has shown that when people listen to a certain kind of music, the music can create--or recreate--the personality of the person who listens to it. People who tend to listen to classical music, like Beethoven, are usually reflective and thoughtful about what they do, or those who listen to rock music tend to be more relaxed and laid back.
Genres of music can either be a common ground among people, or it can become a battleground. That’s how it can be with some of the best of friends and it shows through with their personalities. One friend might prefer country music, which means they are hardworking, but the other friend might absolutely despise country music, but love pop music which usually means they are outgoing people.
The amount of time that a person has listened to a specific music genre can also help create and affect their personalities. Eleven out of 16 students who were surveyed said that they had been listening to their favorite music genre for 10 years or more, which is about 69%. It is not a major surprise that most students have been listening to these beats for 10 years or longer. It should be noted that most of these students will probably continue to listen to their favorite music genre well into adulthood, which explains why their parents still listen to the music of their childhood.
Whether teens admit it or not, most know that the music that they listen to now was influenced by their parents.Some parents listened to what is now considered classic rock when they were kids, and continue to do so as they get older. Because these parents would blast this music from the past throughout their household as their own kids grew up, their children would probably continue to listen to their parent’s favorites well into their own adulthood. Because these adults brought their past with them into their household, they would sometimes help change and influence their children’s personalities to become more relaxed and laid back.
Music is a gift that can bring people together or it can tear them apart. What one student chooses to listen to, another might absolutely despise. That’s what makes humans so human. Without all this wonderful music inspiring and creating personalities, this world would be pretty dull and not very fun to listen to.