Link between Peoples Personalities and their choice of Music


Posted on over 6 years ago

Musical tastes and personality are closely linked, according to a recent study by the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

We have always known the fact that what you wear, eat and listen is linked to your personality (whether for good or bad). Finally, there has been some research done by the Scotland's Heriot-Watt University. In a study of more than 36,000 people from six countries, they provide some type of detail on what types of personalities are tied to people's taste in music. Here is a snippet from the article:


You are what you listen to

Jazz fans tend to be creative and outgoing, with high self-esteem, in keeping with the innovative and sociable nature of the music.

Country western fans were found to be hard-working, but introverted, fitting with the blue-collar image of country music.

The research concluded soul music lovers are a well-rounded bunch creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease with themselves and with high self-esteem.

Rap fans are outgoing and far from gentle, while indie music lovers lack both self-esteem and the work ethic.

While Latin music (or specifically Salsa/Cha-Cha/Bachata) weren't included in the article, I'm trying to see if it was included in the published research (trying to find the publication). I'm sure salseros(as) would at a minimum fall under 'sociable' and 'outgoing'. But I'd like to hear your opinion. What do you think Latin music expresses about our personality? (your comments below).

You can read and see the entire music genres studied using the links below.

[More over at BBC News: Music tastes link to personality ]
[More over at CBC News: Musical tastes in tune with who you are ]






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