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    Default NTs and listening to metal

    I have a completely unscientific question that I have been thinking about due to
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    do you think NTs like listening to metal more often than people from other temperaments?
    I know that taste in music is a matter of individual taste, not of temperament....
    however, I'd just like to know your personal, unscientific observations on this....

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    Personally I don't listen to metal or any type of music that goes into that. I have a couple of NT friends who though.

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    I do - others don't. I've not observed any strong relationship.
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    I rarely listen to metal, used to go to a lot of concerts, though. Guy I know who's into it is NF, as far as I can tell.

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    if NTs listen metal more often than some other types, i think its because we dont get that strong emotional vibes from it. i mean nf listening to cradle of filth or slayer would cry if s/he wouldnt be pretty seriously twisted individual, but im able to filter all that eating your brain stuff and listen to the great melodies and skilled instrument playing, good usage of voice and take all that fucking your carcass in a stab wound with humor.

    but there are some metal bands that suite better for more sensitive people, like nightwish, rage against the machine etc.
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    I listen to metal from virtually every genre (black, death, power, symphonic, prog, et al) but I've encountered plenty of NTs who don't. Metal doesn't encompass my entire spectrum of musical enjoyment, but it almost certainly has the largest and deepest footprint.

    The only person I know in real life who shares most of my taste in that particular arena of music is an INFJ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    if NTs listen metal more often than some other types, i think its because we dont get that strong emotional vibes from it. i mean nf listening to cradle of filth or slayer would cry if s/he wouldnt be pretty seriously twisted individual, but im able to filter all that eating your brain stuff and listen to the great melodies and skilled instrument playing, good usage of voice and take all that fucking your carcass in a stab wound with humor.

    but there are some metal bands that suite better for more sensitive people, like nightwish, rage against the machine etc.
    I say the darker you go in terms of sound, the more likely it is for sensitive people to like it.

    I think metal is one of the most emotional charged genres in music. As such, I think Ts and Fs will approach it for different reasons. Fs might listen to it because the feelings portrayed resonate within themselves and Ts might listen to it because they need a hardcore approach to tap into their feelings.

    Obviously this doesn't preclude T and F as a spectrum.

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    In forums I perceived that T types may be more likely to listen to metal. But IRL I know F's who love this kind of music, for exemple my ESFJ uncle, one ENFP friend and one ESFP acquaintance. Personally, I like listening to Sonata Arctica, Metallica and Rage Against the Machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    if NTs listen metal more often than some other types, i think its because we dont get that strong emotional vibes from it. i mean nf listening to cradle of filth or slayer would cry if s/he wouldnt be pretty seriously twisted individual, but im able to filter all that eating your brain stuff and listen to the great melodies and skilled instrument playing, good usage of voice and take all that fucking your carcass in a stab wound with humor.

    but there are some metal bands that suite better for more sensitive people, like nightwish, rage against the machine etc.
    Yeah Metal constitutes most of what I listen to. I listen to a lot of the heavier bloodier "scarier" sub genres of it and I think the fact that it has no effect on me is the reason above. I also listen to it for the fact that a lot of it is complex and very technical, so I can analyze it which is why it attracts me so i do think it is an NT thing to listen to metal at least more so and more common than the other types.

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    Most of the stuff I hear is metal, and I am INFP. And no, I don't cry while doing so, so I hope I am not to be considered "twisted" or what was said here.

    I think what Moiety says seems true. I like metal because of the powerful, emotional atmosphere mostly (which I cannot really grasp in every music), and the melodies etc. Darker stuff often (that is mostly Black Metal or something in the direction), but sometimes also more "good-mood"-stuff (whatever genre you want to attribute to it). But there is also much metal which I don't like, because not everything in metal shows the attributes I mentioned, at least in my opinion. I don't make that though depending on the lyrics mostly (I don't mind if there is sometimes rather "brutal" lyrics, and I don't mind if there is not; hell, sometimes I don't mind if there is even lyrics at all, I can hear only instrumental stuff too and actually do quite often) but more on the actual music and the atmosphere.

    So I go mostly into the direction of bands like Burzum, but that doesn't mean I cannot listen also to some other stuff like Korpiklaani sometimes.

    I often heard already that those people who seem most peaceful in their real life listen not that rarely to metal stuff in their private time (and I believe that many who play metal music are rather peaceful in their private time), and possibly people would take me as an example too. It is just that the reigning stereotype of the classic metalhead is playing itself much more into the foreground, and well, maybe most of what is there now in the so-called scene fits to the stereotypes, but it is not everything. Metal is a wide field, and it is not only either dumb random smashing on some instruments or only stereotype-emo-music or whatever so-called "commerce-/untrve"-stuff.

    That obviously is now a bit off from MBTI, but you can now of course turn the thing around and see that the whole question is not that easy to answer.

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