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Would the taste for music be logically representative of one's personality?

2009.11.11 16:56


 There are various types of music in the world, with which people satisfy different areas of artistic desire. For instance, people who enjoy listening to brutal death metal, such music as mainly known by Cannibal Corpse, would experience the fulfilment of their desire for violence or extemity. On the other side, music listeners who like classical music, such as Beethoven and Bach, would be able to feel the serenity and peacefulness.

Cannibal Corpse trying to look monstrous


 One of the friends of mine is strongly into black metal. He has a large variety of black metal collection and is very keen to purchase good albums. Some people might suppose him to be a insolent, blood-seeking metalhead with abnormal attire. However, that is just prejudicial, as he is, in fact, one of the socially and academically successful people in the school. When being a black metal fan, he is merely trying to fulfil his artistic desire.

 Therefore, music is not a criterion on which people can rely in order to determine one's personality. In this article, I will discuss two different reasons.

 Firstly, there is not an authentic statistic that clarifies the relationship between musical taste and personality. In order for the statement to be regared as a truth, it should be supported by a tangible and logical evidence. However, some people think they 'know' the relationship between them, from their empirical knowledge. Even if empirical evidence is a way of knowing something, sometimes it lacks the authenticity especially when controversial matters are concerned.

 Secondly, people cannot and will not quantify some of the human emotions. There is no possible measure of how one is inclined to what kind of music. Likewise, personality can never be measured and quantified as a value just like when physicists do their experiments. Therefore, it is irrational in the first place to question about the relationship between musical taste and the human characteristics.

 In conclusion, some people would assume from their empirical way of knowing, that the musical taste of someone represents his/her personality. However, since that fact is not, or is not able to be, supported by reasoning, musical preferences would not serve as any sign for personality.

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