Music and Personality

Music and Personality

Musicand Personality

DanaDovey’s postulations about music are thought-provoking because theysomehow explain my experience with music over the years (Dovey 1). I identify with the different genres of music but my favorite iship-hop. I begun to like and prefer hip-hop to other music genreswhen I began relating it to poetry in school. Rap, which is, ahip-hop sub-genre has elements that I feel embody high level ofcreativity. It is also the most dynamic and most recognized in otherparts of the world other than in the United States.As I mentionedearlier, Dovey’s assertions are thought-provoking because theyremind about the lives of the Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur. To bevery honest, these two late hip-hop artists are my greatestinfluences when it comes to appreciating music. They elevated rapfrom a mere street and African genre to a rap the world knows today.At first, I liked hip-hop based how best a rapper could rhyme andpass across their story in a more sensational yet musical way. Thus,when Dovey writes that music says a lot about someone, the firstquestion I ask myself, is which personality traits do I have thatconnect me to hip-hop?

Dovey’sanalysis of Dr. Adrian North’s research is not far from the truthas far as my case is concerned. I consider myself a person of highself-esteem and very outgoing. If the two traits are definitive ofpeople who like hip-hop, then Dovey’s report is right. However, tostate that people who like hip-hop are less eco-friendly introduces acaveat. Perhaps, the assertion is due to the noisy nature of somehip-hop songs and the fact that hip-hop often has streetsensationalism. Regardless of the few differences that I have withDovey’s observations, I agree with most of the findings that Dr.North wrote about music and personality. When I was eleven years old,I considered hip-hop to be a symbol of sophistication. Today, Iconsider it apart of the African-American heritage. I listen to it toboost my moods and esteem whenever I feel emotionally low (Dovey 1). Considering that Dr. North, as Dovey states, explained that people’smood says a lot about their personality, music plays a pivotal rolein coping with certain moods and emotional control (Dovey 1). Letme also mention that I do not listen to rap music when I need somepeace of mind. I switch to rhythms and blues (R.n.B), which is stillin the hip-hop category. I do so to bring out the emotions a desire.

PeterRentfrow also had the same position as Dr North as Dovey reported.Renthrow states that “music can have considerable effects on theemotion, cognition, and the behavior of a person”(Rentfrow 402). Ibelieve that this is true although it changes with time.Although Istill like rap music and hip-hop in general, I do not dress likehip-hop stars as I used to do a few years ago. I later realized thatthe artists dress the way they do because they want to have a certainoutward identity. Otherwise, I liked dressing life them with thebelief that I could as well be like them. Rentfrow and Dovey’sfindings are very interesting since they point the relationshipbetween music and personality in manner that explains my personalexperience with rap music.


DoveyDana. WhoDo You Think You Are? What Your Taste In Music Says About You,According To Science.Available at

Rentfrow,Peter J. &quotThe role of music in everyday life: Current directionsin the social psychology of music.&quot Socialand personality psychology compass6.5 (2012): 402-416.