Okay people, I know there aren’t many of you following this blog but if you have the time I’d like to ask you a question or two. Recently my daughter got into a discussion with a friend over whether or not depressed people should listen to “depressing” music. Now, personally I find it can have a cathartic affect of helping me vent my emotions so I’m all for it, if it helps. Said friend swore that his mum (a counsellor I believe) said it would make you more depressed. This has obviously sparked my interest into what the effects are of music on mental health, and how our mental health can affect our tastes in music. Now I know what kids are like and how they hear half a sentence and run with it, so she may not have actually said that, that said I’m now researching papers and journals to see what the relationship between music and emotion is so here are my questions.
- Do you have a preference for a specific type of music?
- Is this affected by your mood?
- If yes, what types of music do you choose to go with happiness, anger and depression?
- Have you ever taken part in music therapy?
- Did it help you in any way?
That’s it. This is not an official study, so I won’t be collecting and analysing your responses or anything, this is a matter of curiosity at most.