[INFJ] When listening to music under the influence of negative emotion

When listening to music under the influence of negative emotion

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    When listening to music under the influence of negative emotion

    Do you tend to listen to music that magnifies those feelings? Or songs that altar your mood to a better place? Or do you just choose music that just help define or identify mood?

    If it varies.. is there a pattern to when you choose which?

    Do you ever choose music while in a positive state of mind that you know will send you into negativity for any reason?
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Either or, really. Sometimes when I'm sad, I listen to sad music to connect, but there are times when I just need to hear something upbeat and happy to lift me up. I find that music helps me no matter what type of music it is, so I guess it just depends on what I gravitate towards at that exact moment.

    Pattern? I suppose there is, but it all depends on the level of sadness and type of sadness and too many factors to try to sort out!

    No. I hold onto every moment of happiness with the claws of death; there is no way I would let go of my happiness for any reason whatsoever.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I often listen to music that mirrors my mood. I have found that this further intensifies my mood, which is bad when I am in a painful mood and I listen to self-defeating music. I have recently been trying to listen only to positive music or music that is tragic, but not blaming (when I am sad). I suppose it makes me feel better; it's a bit early to tell.

    Sometimes I will use music to try and alter my mood so that I feel negative. Usually it is not a purely negative mood I want to acquire, but a bittersweet melancholy about my life.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I generally do listen to music to amplify my mood at the time. Having said that, I have to be very careful with my musical choices. I go through phases in which I am either numb to external influences in my emotion or hyper-sensitive to external influences (internal simply being my default mood during any given period).

    If it's the latter, negative influences usually win out. It's strange, I can be in a happy mood, but turn sad once listening to sad music - however, if I am sad, happier music cannot make my mood happy.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    When I'm down, I always try to pick music that will give me a lift. If I feel down and listen to music that makes me feel even worse, that could take me to a very bad place emotionally! I'd rather not risk that.
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    Yes, I usually listen to music that is similar to what I'm feeling. Sometimes it makes it worse, but sometimes it also calms me down after a while. if I'm very sad and i listen to sad music, it usually calms me down/brings me to a slightly better mood (not very happy, but more calm) after 10-30 minutes. There are only a few songs that have ever been able to change my mood from negative to positive.

    Songs don't usually change my mood from positive to negative, though, unless there's a negative memory/idea/etc I've attached to it.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I learned quickly that sad music well ... just makes me sad as I get lost in the melodies or tone in the song, so I try to avoid that unless I'm using it specifically for a good cry sesh.

    On the flip side, music has a strong effect on my emotions almost immediately, whether its upbeat and fun music or some chill beats. It can change my mindset instantly
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    I listen to music that mirrors my mood or will influence it in some way. I would have to agree with @Creevy, it can also heighten my mood, which sometimes I don't like.

    Oh, and I also have moments where songs make me feel something that's not my own, as if I'm living curiously through somebody else. Even if I don't like the song. It can at times make me wish I was or had something that I don't...



    This song makes me feel like that guy that jumps in his classic muscle car, and he hits the open road to ventures off and explore the world. No care in the world, just him and the road. The idea of it makes me feel good, so I listen to it.



    I need to go on a road trip before going back to college.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I, too, usually listen to music that mirrors my mood (especially late at night - anyone familiar with late night mood swings? :D ), and am generally more drawn to music that has at least a melancholic or "deep" undertone, is complex rather than simple, etcpp.
    But I "get" many types of music and am generally very easily influenced by them, emotion-wise. Going with the flow of chill-out Trance - yep. Rockin' to Hard Rock - yep. Crying to Folk songs - yep.

    I have tried to consciously lift my mood with music, although that doesn't always work. My mind usually goes "hah, I see what you're trying to do there. Nooope".
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    I have tried to consciously lift my mood with music, although that doesn't always work. My mind usually goes "hah, I see what you're trying to do there. Nooope".
    Ahahahahaha.

    I have exactly the same issue.
    But ISFP friend cannot understand my explanation, he goes pretty easy with the music and likes to search for something to uplift him and it works.

    For me, music amplifies my mood greatly and with sad music, it doesn't really make me sad, if I am sad it makes me sort of deeply connected with the world, helps me get over everything much faster.
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