Saturday, May 7, 2011

Narcissism and hostility show an increase in popular music

Listening to World Watch on National Radio Sunday morning heard an item about research showing an increase in the focus on self in song lyrics.
Radio NZ websites says Worldwatch audio is not available on demand due to copyright restrictions. So did a Google search and found various results including a New York Times feature ...

Now, after a computer analysis of three decades of hit songs, Dr. DeWall and other psychologists report finding what they were looking for: a statistically significant trend toward narcissism and hostility in popular music. As they hypothesized, the words “I” and “me” appear more frequently along with anger-related words, while there’s been a corresponding decline in “we” and “us” and the expression of positive emotions.

And also covered in a Blog Post

I liked the line from Dr Margaret Paul; "Many do not understand the vast difference between being self-centered and being self-responsible and self-caring."