Facing Our Demons: Sad Music For Sad People
Written by dj jules on May 19, 2018
I like to listen to sad music when I’m sad.
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It’s comforting. Like how you sometimes watch sad movies when you’re feeling down. It’s a form of consolation.
Embracing the sweet pathos of these songs, I face my demons — sitting still listening, to the lyrics, the sorrowful voices in my head.
It may seem counter intuitive, but the act of listening to a minor-key ballad — or a bone-chilling blues number, a tragic aria — has been shown to have therapeutic value.
One inexplicable result from a topical Google image search.
Consider the paradox of music-evoked sadness, a scientific study on sad songs:
“…appreciation of sad music follows a mood-congruent fashion and is greater among individuals with high empathy and low emotional stability….the first comprehensive survey revealing that listening to sad music can lead to beneficial emotional effects such as regulation of negative emotion and mood as well as consolation.”
Until next week.
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