What is YOUR Music Personality?

I have not fallen off the radar! I have been thinking about my Meandering Mind audience and writing almost every day, but writing for myself and not for publication. I do go through spells like this. Meandering Mind is actually an outgrowth of several years of my journaling for ME.

A trip through my local bookstore inspired me to share today’s writing.

As is my custom when browsing books online or in a bricks and mortar store, I get sidetracked and find what I did not realize I was looking for! This time it was Your Personality. Exploring the Science of Identity.  A National Geographic Special Publication. (On display through 9/22/17 should you want to get it.) The topic is of great interest to me, but I think I grabbed the magazine because of a red circle on the cover TEST YOURSELF INSIDE.  I am a sucker for tests and National Geographic has some legitimacy in my mind.

The magazine simplistic is many ways. (My guess is that this is a glossy version of an article that may have appeared in National Geographic at some earlier date. So it has larger print and lots of images to make it a self-contained publication.) However, it offers some interesting insights that will take me to other resources, and I was intrigued by one of the first tests in the magazine.

Your Music, Yourself. A Playlist with Personality. 

Since my website is not really interactive, you will need a pencil and paper to take this test.

If you came across an abandoned iPod on a sidewalk and listened to it, could you accurately predict the personality of its owner? Science says you could. Find out what your playlist says about your personality by taking the survey below. 


For the following items, use the scale provided to indicate your basic preference level for the genres listed.

What’s your musical personality?

Add 1, 2, 5, and 10. This is your score for Reflective and Complex.

Add 9, 11, and 13. This is your score for Intense and Rebellious.

Add 3, 8, 12, and 14. This is your score for Upbeat and Conventional.

Add 4, 6, and 7. This is your score for Energetic and Rhythmic.


Some trends observed by the researchers:  Blues and jazz fans are more likely to be creative and outgoing. Classical music fans are more likely to be creative and introverted. Indie fans are more likely to have low self-esteem while rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem and low work ambition but they are creative. Both chart pop and rap fans are more likely to have high self-esteem and be extroverted!

National Geographic does not indicate the source of the quiz, so I assume that they did their own research. I found it interesting and, from my perspective, spot on.

My Music Personality:

  • 24  Reflective and Complex 
  • 11  Intense and Rebellious
  • 18  Upbeat and Conventional
  • 15  Energetic and Rhythmic

What do you think?

What is your Music Personality? Do you think it is a fair representation of your personality?




2 thoughts on “What is YOUR Music Personality?

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    Rita Myrick

    apparently I have strong dislikes. I think upbeat and conventional suits me….the others depend on my mood at the time!

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    Jennifer Carleton

    19, 12, 20, 18 – kind of equal on all parts?
    I’m an upbeat, conventional, (sometimes reflective/complex) woman with energy and rhythem that only tends to be rebellious when it suits me.

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