Psychology of Music Essays

695 Words Dec 17th, 2012 3 Pages
Explore music in identities(MII) in relation to ONE of the following;
• Personal identity

Personal identity is something that is greatly impacted by the world of music for almost all of us, as it gives us a sense of belonging and an identity to formulate around. Personal identity can be defined in many different ways when looking from alternate perspectives, however from a purely psychological standpoint identity can be seen as the distinct personality of an individual which possesses cues that the person wishes to be associated. Therefore providing a platform in which defines both the individual and others in terms of similarities and differences. Personality holds a great deal of ones identity as this is something that can be
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This is something that is affected by pressure from our peers during adolescence, and can formulae our relationship with music and control our pathway in terms of identity. Here we associate ‘good music’ with ‘cool music’ and therefore it is something that we try to emulate and reproduce in order to be cool and socially accepted. During adolescence identity crisis is often determined through commitment to a particular identity, in this time the media has a great deal of impact into the formulation of identity as they provide sources of inspiration, information and advice about the possible decisions that are to be made (Arnett, 1995). Moreover It’s argued that music plays a more significant role in adolescent development than any other kind of media input (Larson et al., 1989), and music for many adolescents is regarded as their main leisure activity and one of their music is one of their most cherished belongings. As it is thought that music is one of the prime mechanisms in coping with the changing of moods and state of mind. Something that North et al., (2000) demonstrated in their study of British adolescents. In this study adolescents were questioned about their drive for listening to music. Of the 2465 participants aged

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