Why do INTPs connect to music

Music & personality

Each of us listens to music: at home, in the car, at work, in the bathroom, on the go, on the beach, in the gym, at parties and much more. Music is a central part of our lives. We hear it on a wide variety of occasions, it puts us in different moods and there are many different, very different music genres. Music obviously means a lot to us. That leads us to the question:

Does music have personality?

Science says: Yes. Music can be divided into five broad categories (exceptions of course confirm the rule):

In a series of three studies in 2011, Lewis Goldberg (the developer of the IPIP that was discussed last week) investigated this question.

Roughly five types of different music have emerged:

a) complex. Complicated and demanding music, mostly without singing, e.g. classical, opera, jazz, blues or "world music", i.e. music from other countries with sounds and structures that are not common for us, e.g. oriental, Eastern European or Indian. Bavarian brass music, for example, is world music for a foreigner (or a non-Bavarian).

b) Intense / aggressive. Loud, powerful, energetic music, e.g. rock, alternative, metal, ska and punk.

c) Pleasant. Soft, gentle, relaxing music, e.g. pop, soft rock, R&B and soul.

d) Undemanding. Simple, direct, simple music, e.g. country, pop, rock'n'roll, soundtracks and singer-songwriters, i.e. simple guitar music.

e) Modern. Rhythmic, danceable music driven by drums or bass lines, e.g. rap, hip-hop, dance and electronic music.

The music in the study consisted of the 26 most common genres, whereby these were chosen by US participants, which is why European or German genres such as Schlager, folk music or techno were not represented, but different types of country music, for example.

Of course, all of the songs in the study had more or less strong associations with not just one, but several of these five categories, but most of the songs could be clearly assigned to one main category. The most obvious was the category of complex, sophisticated music that is also the most different from the other four.

There were very similar results as early as 2003 in a series of six studies * in which almost the same five categories were found for music (only the assessment for pleasant, soft music was missing). There, the preferences for certain musical styles were also compared with the personality traits of the Big Five: there were only larger connections, however Openness to new experiences and Complex music.
There were less correlations between preferring Undemanding, simple music and Extraversion, compatibility and conscientiousness, as well as political conservatives, also preferred this music somewhat more. Intense / aggressive Music was easily preferred by people with high Openness to new experiences, and Modern, rhythmic music was made by Extroverts easily preferred. But these connections were all rather minor.

So what do these studies tell us, besides the fact that scientists deal with almost every topic, no matter how far-fetched?

That there are different types of music, and thus also different reasons why and for what we listen to music: relaxation, stimulation, entertainment, movement (dancing) and much more .. Of course, this is nothing new and most of them could probably imagine without studies. But it's still interesting how the genres are divided and what most people associate with them. Especially because music is very important in our lives.

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- The structure of musical preferences: A five-factor model., Rentfrow, Peter J .; Goldberg, Lewis R .; Levitin, Daniel J., 2011
- The do re mi’s of everyday life: the structure and personality correlates of music preferences, Rentfrow PJ, Gosling SD, 2003
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