The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Your taste in music and your personality are linked | August 12, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

Research shows that your taste in music and your personality are linked.

Personality Strengths

At least that was the conclusion of the psychological research that was presented on Wisconsin Public Radio.

In a way, that’s no surprise.

But what does it mean if you like: Classical? Rock? Blues? Pop? Folk? Country?

Here is a link:

Read it and listen to it, and see what your taste in music says about you.

You can also listen to the YouTube video at the bottom.

And just in case you were wondering, the same person can like many kinds of music.

But that too says something about you.

Do you find the research accurate, at least as it applies to you?

The Ear wants to hear.

personality profiles color puzzle


  1. Well, interesting, thanks for sharing. So according to this study, given my taste (classical and jazz) I should be smart but be poor at sports, good with words and they’re often politically towards the left.

    I’m not going to judge my own intelligence here, I just take it as a compliment. I’m not particularly good at sports, but still hitting the gym twice per week on average. Am I good with words? Again, I’ll let others be the judge. And I don’t lean particularly to the left.

    I should probably read the full book, but generally I must admit I’m not too interested just in correlations, which is the only thing the authors seem to show here. But as we all know, correlations don’t mean causation (when you see many umbrellas in the street, it is typically raining, that doesn’t mean that getting your umbrella out will make it rain).

    So it would be more interesting to think about any causal links between musical interest and other characteristics, beyond just the socialization which probably explains most of the correlations the authors write about.

    Comment by Musicophile — August 15, 2016 @ 4:04 pm

  2. I’d go along with the description of Classical Music Buff, as far as it goes. On the other hand, I’m a fan of Classic Rock, Folk, and Country Western. Although admittedly nostalgia has a lot to do with that.

    Comment by Steve Powell — August 12, 2016 @ 8:41 am

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