Correlation between musical tastes and personality?  

rm_piewinch 34F
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3/16/2006 7:10 am

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Correlation between musical tastes and personality?

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Cognitive scientists have shown that there is a strong correlation between how people view your personality and your taste in music (

I definitely buy into that to some extent. I also have a feeling that my attraction to certain people has a strong correlation to their taste in music - even if I don't necessarily like the music they listen to.

For instance, Radiohead. Guys who sing "Creep" at karaoke? Chances are that if you like "Creep", you probably identify as a scrawny, lonely geek type - the kind of guy I went for all through high school and college. In the same category as Radiohead - '80s New Wave. Especially The Cure, Depeche Mode, and Erasure...although I have yet to meet a guy who admits to liking Erasure.

Conversely, if the only (and I mean only) music you listen to is excessively angry music - like Nine Inch Nails, say - our relationship is bound to implode in flames.

I find that guys tend to care more than girls about musical tastes. I'm pretty openminded, actually, although it does bother me when people don't listen to music. I find it strange.

rm_Whistlre 43M
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3/27/2006 1:16 am

I really wouldn't say NIN is angry music. I would think more in the lines of White/Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson.

I listen to NIN probably more than I should.

Used to have a girlfriend whose daughter used to sing songs off the Pretty Hate Machine cd because I would listen to it over and over in my car. (The little girl was only 5) =)

love_money_power 41M

4/27/2006 10:22 pm

Trent and Manson are both fantastic artists. They have found a form of expression in music that is unique and captivating. Sometimes sad, sometimes lonely, sometimes fanatical and sometimes just down right sickening. They touch places we all know, but few of us are able to talk about and share with others. Angry is not a word I would use to describe these artists though. Although their music, industrial Goth/metal sounds angry it is a common misperception that many people make to just classify them as "angry". Both of them are way too calculated and articulate to be just "angry".

"If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?"

"I wouldn't say a single word to them, I would listen to what they have to say and that's what no one did."

"Marilyn Manson, in Michael Moore's bowling for Columbine interview"

There are many other popular groups that I might classify as "angry" before these two. Rage against the Machine, White Zombie, Dead milkmen, Henry Rollins band, Sub-Humans and Black Flag. Again I don't feel that any of the groups previously mentioned are "angry" but rather passionate commentators’ or just disillusioned with society in general.

Entertainment is entertainment and letting myself feel things or understand something unique is very engaging and interesting for me.
It doesn't make me "angry", "depressed" or "psychotic". It makes me human, someone who doesn't live in fear of being different, which is a lot more than I can say for the majority of the planet.
I do loathe para para, Blue grass and country western music with an exquisite passion and have been know to exit KFC no matter how hungry I was because the music was intolerable.
Happy listening!

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