Your favorite music, whether it came out 20 years ago or last week, says a lot about you as a business owner and as a person. The songs you like the most give tremendous insight into the way your mind works, and consequently, the way you like to do business.
We’re all unique, but when it comes to music genre preferences, we are all quite predictable. Studies have shown that fans of certain music genres tend to fit semi-narrow descriptors of personality. Some personality traits can’t be fully predicted by musical preference alone, but still provide clues about whether a person is outgoing or introverted, emotionally stable, or open to trying new things.
Favorite music reveals personality traits
The researchers used the Big 5 personality traits to look at the relationship between music genre preferences and personality traits:
- Openness to experience
- Emotional stability
It’s important to note that some of the personality traits from the Big 5 weren’t as accurately identified solely by music preferences, like conscientiousness and agreeableness. When a personality trait wasn’t strongly correlated with a music preference, the researchers simply did not record any information into the table.
The study used the following terms to describe big 5 personality traits in a few different ways:
- High or low self esteem
- Creative or not creative
- Gentle or not gentle
- Relaxed or not relaxed
- Outgoing or introverted
- Hard working or dislike hard work
Keep your business personality in mind as you look over the music preferences and their associated personality traits. Does it seem like you? Before you check it out, pick your favorite music genre:
 Rock/Heavy Metal
 Chart pop
Now, scroll down to find your favorite music genre and read the associated personality traits listed to the right of it. Do the traits seem accurate? How might they affect the way you do business?
Our favorite music reveals our ‘corresponding’ personality traits:
Music Genre Preference
Associated Personality Traits
The music we prefer seems to echo our personalities. Reading the personality trait descriptors gives you a sense of understanding for those who prefer other genres, as well. I’m not personally a fan of country or jazz, but seeing the traits associated with those preferences made me think of my friends and family who like country and jazz. Interestingly, they seem to fit the associated traits. When I showed them the table, they agreed.
Isn’t it interesting how your favorite music reveals so much about you and the approach you take in business? Being aware of your personality and the traits you are likely to possess can be an important tool in advancing yourself and improving the way you lead and do business.