Playwright William Cosgrove wrote, "music has charms to sooth a savage breast" and according to Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University, musical taste is an indicator of personality type.
The good professor recently conducted a study involving 36,000 people around the world and he found that a person's taste in music is related to her/his personality. In Professor North's words, the research is "significant" and "surprising."
It suggested classical music fans were shy, while heavy metal aficionados were gentle and at ease with themselves.
Participants in the study were asked to rate 104 musical styles and questioned about aspects of their personality. So why conduct the research you're probably asking yourselves?
"If you know a person's music preference you can tell what kind of person they are, who to sell to.
If you have some spare time, the study is continuing and Prof North, who is head of the university's department of applied psychology, is still looking for participants to take part in a short online questionnaire here:
Interesting that the questionnaire has two categories for those people between the ages of 16-23 and those older than 24.
Here are some of his findings:
MUSICAL STYLES VERSUS PERSONALITY TRAITS
High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease
High self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease
High self-esteem, outgoing
High self-esteem, creative, gentle
COUNTRY AND WESTERN
High self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Creative, outgoing, not gentle
Low self-esteem, creative, not hard working, not gentle
Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease
High self-esteem, not creative, hardworking, outgoing, gentle, not at ease
High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease