We’ve all been there before; being in one of the lowest point in your life, or having a joyous celebration. During these moments, we tend to listen to music that is similar to our feelings. When we’re sad, we listen to slower, moving songs; when we’re happy, we choose upbeat music; when we’re angry, we may listen to darker music that reflect our level of anger. The funny thing about it is that when you’re asked to name your favorite band or performer it might be difficult to even give your top five. You may not realize it, but you prefer to listen to music that resonates how we feel at one point.
You might think that if you’re hard at work, loud music can get your energy pumping, enabling you to power through your to-do lists. It’s actually a bit true, because when it comes to creativity, loud music may not be the best option for you. Ever think why you feel more creative at a coffee shop or at an outdoor park rather than in your house in front of your blasting stereos? Here’s why:
This is due to the fact that moderate noise levels or ambient noises are able to get your creativity flowing. In addition, ambient noises don’t put you off track the way high levels of noise (like upbeat music) do. Moderate noise levels improve the processing difficulty in our brain, leading to higher creativity. A very good example of this is when we are stumped on a problem. Because our brain can’t process it as your brain normally does, it resorts to more creative approaches. Compared to listening to high noise levels, your creative thinking is impaired because you have to process multiple data at the same time, overwhelming your brain and simple processes might even seem more difficult.
There are some studies that were able to predict a person’s personality traits like openness to experience, extraversion and emotional stability from a person’s favorite songs. To sum up the study’s findings, here are the music genres and the connection it has to personality.
Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Dance fans are creative and outgoing, but not gentle
Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, creative and not at ease
Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle but not creative and not at ease
Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at...