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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Stone, LMHC

Music & Mental Health

We subjectively know that music can affect our emotions and help us communicate. I know music is really important to me and can help me feel or express things that words alone don't always seem to convey. Well, the research is in to support this!

Researchers at UC Berkeley recently found that people across cultures experienced similar feelings when presented with different music tracks. This supports that music is a universal language!

The research identified at least 13 overarching feelings that were evoked in listeners when they listened to the tracks. Those feelings are:

  • Amusement,

  • Joy,

  • Eroticism,

  • Beauty,

  • Relaxation,

  • Sadness,

  • Dreaminess,

  • Triumph,

  • Anxiety,

  • Scariness,

  • Annoyance,

  • Defiance, and

  • Feeling pumped up.

Consider the music your listen to and how it impacts your emotions. I often encourage clients to create playlists to help with feeling pumped up, relaxation, etc.

What makes it on your list?



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