Pop or rock? Your favourite music can say a whole lot about your state of mind

Have you ever gone through someone’s music playlist and formed an opinion about them? If yes, read on to find out if you’re right!
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Your music playlist mirrors your state of mind. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shreya Gupta Updated: 17 May 2021, 07:51 am IST
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Meeting new people is always exciting, isn’t it? There’s a lot to bond over, but if there’s one thing that connects people instantly, it is music. You might share love for a musician or your favourite song, and that’s how you hit it off in a go. At other times, you might not like a person, just because you do not agree with their taste in music. And how is it related, you may ask? This is because the kind of music you listen to tells a lot about your mental health, and personality! 

Yes, music is an integral part of our lives: we just can’t do without it! Since your taste in music differs from others, does that reveal something about your state of mind? It’s time to find out. 

Does your music playlist reveal your state of mind?
Yes, it does. A study published in the journal Australasian Psychiatry found strong links between various genres of music and behavioural patterns, suicidal thoughts, and drug use. 

The study also observed that music preference is indicative of emotional vulnerability. While several other studies have found a correlation between music preference and mental health, there is a need for more research to determine if the music preference of people diagnosed with mental health issues varies from general population, or not. 

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There’s a link between the music you listen to and your mental health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Senior author, Professor Elvira Brattico, who has been quoted in a study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, says, “There’s a link between music listening styles and mPFC(medial prefrontal cortex) activation, which could mean that certain listening styles have long-term effects on the brain.”

Also, read: Music can save you from anxiety. Here’s everything you need to know about music therapy

What do different music genres say about you?

1. Pop
If you’re someone who loves pop music, then you most probably are an extrovert. Your mind can experience turbulence and nervousness from time to time, but you know how to tackle it. You are not as creative, but have a logical and analytical bent of mind.

2. Rap/Hip-hop
If rap or hip-hop that floats your boat, then you’re most likely an outgoing person and love to socialise with people! People who like rap or hip hop music prefer sensing over intuition.

Although there’s a stereotype that rap lovers are aggressive and violent, researchers have found no link as such.

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3. Country music
If you gravitate towards this genre, then you might not be as emotionally stable, and might not be open to new experiences.

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4. Rock and heavy metal
If you enjoy rock and heavy metal, then your mind is quite intuitive and open to future possibilities. You love to weave ideas and reflect on your life.

5. Classical music
If you love classical music, then your mind is drawn towards complex symphonies and compositions. It is most likely that you’re a creative person who follows their intuition.

6. R&B
Your mind definitely follows your heart, if you’re an R&B fan. It is easy for you to express your emotions, and are well-attuned to your thoughts and feelings.

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