why do we listen to sad music

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Why do we listen to sad music? Cole Donald Rogers October 21, 2016 at 3:38 am
Typically I find myself in the same position. I had never really looked into the reasons to why I felt relived after listening to sad music it was one of those things that happens and in most cases no one challenges it. I enjoyed the premise of the article and I think in its entirety it s strength was that it is relatable. The title caught my eye and drew me in; making me want to read more of what you had to offer. The notion of not feeling alone and finding the music to be relaxing or soothing could ve be words I would ve spoken out of my own mouth. In addition while doing some self research I came across this well expressed article with a factual and logistic response to the question posted. The article is in no means long and simply provides biological psychological evidence to why we are relived after listening to sad music. Along with that it also holds links to different articles and studies that found this conclusion. Darby Helen Smith October 21, 2016 at 3:27 am This post is very relatable! If I have had a day full of distress and it is all bottled up, all I want to do is be alone and listen to sad music or watch a sad movie. It allows all your feelings to come to the surface at once and helps you get over the sadness rather than keeping it in for a longer period of time. Arunima Sthapak October 21, 2016 at 3:23 am I too am a fan of listening to music, including sad music. I went through something deeply saddening a couple of weeks ago, and I listened to a lot of sad music.

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It really helped me express my emotions, and after a while, I felt much better. I think any kind of music has the power to evoke our emotions. I found a link to a page talking in depth on the effects of music on our mood, and it also involves some good studies on the matter. Kate Billings October 21, 2016 at 3:03 am Although there is no evidence that can tell us why people like listening to sad music I think it goes along with the idea that its good to cry every once in awhile. Sometimes people need that emotional release. Listening to sad music probably gives people a release of emotions and they feel good after listening to the sad music. I m interested in the possible research in the future that could tell us more about why we enjoy sad music. It seems to go against common sense, one would think that we wouldn t like to listen to sad music because it would make us sad, but clearly thats not true. We like sad music and I m waiting for the day when scientists can tell us exactly why this is. Interesting post, thanks for sharing! Colleen Bridget Mcshea October 21, 2016 at 3:00 am I totally agree that sad music can give you a sense of relief! I actually just made this point on someone else s post about how music effects people s mood. I said that I personally feel that sometimes, yes, sad music can make you sad, but on the other hand, it can do the opposite. For me, sad music has many times been something that I could relate to, and thus express my feelings through the words of the song.

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This gave me the release that you talked about in your post. I found this article on why this might be that sad music can improve our mood. Claudia Lynn Hatch October 21, 2016 at 3:00 am What I really l liked about this topic was that you stated at the end your opinion. I am aware it was hard to find more research and come to a solid decision, but that is how science works. Sometimes it takes a long time to fully uncover the truths of a hypothesis. I think you did do a good job of explaining you reasoning and also using the best sources you could find. Matthew Edward Simco October 21, 2016 at 2:59 am This is actually very interesting and I could relate to it strongly. For some reason, when I am sad, I often find myself listening to sad music. I never quite understood why, though. One would think that sad people listen to sad music because they want to stay sad, but that is not the case. I think one reason why listening to sad music when being sad makes you happier is because it shows that you are not alone. Many other people are going through what you are going through, and the songs confirm that. The article I have posted below explains just why we listen to sad music when we are sad. Trae Vann Morgan-White October 21, 2016 at 2:57 am Weird, I honestly listen to aggressive music when I m sad, often rock, R B, or Rihanna! Sad music is usually relatable to those who have either gone through a lot of emotional, physical, or mental conflicts, and I haven t experienced as much, but I definitely like this article.

What\’s the Latest Development? Japanese scientists have found that listening to sad music may actually evoke positive emotions, even though the experience of sadness itself is widely considered to be negative emotion. \”[The scientists] asked 44 volunteers, including both musicians and non-specialists, to listen to two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music. Each participant was required to use a set of keywords to rate both their perception of the music and their own emotional state. The sad pieces of music included Glinka\’s \’La S paration\’ in F minor and Blumenfeld\’s Etude \’Sur Mer\’ in G minor. The happy music piece was Granados\’s Allegro de Concierto in G major. \” What\’s the Big Idea? Scientists say there is an essential difference between feeling genuine sadness and understanding the meaning of sadness through art: A song that communicates sadness does not pose an actual threat to our safety. The critical distance created by imitative art may actually help people deal with their own negative emotions. \” Emotion experienced by music has no direct danger or harm unlike the emotion experienced in everyday life. Therefore, we can even enjoy unpleasant emotion such as sadness. If we suffer from unpleasant emotion evoked through daily life, sad music might be helpful to alleviate negative emotion. \” Photo credit: Shutterstock. com

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