Play It Loud: Punk Is Great For Anger Management.
Above Photo: Reunited with some of my Punk record collection in storage recently.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Queensland found that people who listen to “extreme music” such as Punk can better process anger and become calmer, rather than angrier. The researchers found that extreme music helped listeners to explore their strong emotions, but also left them feeling more active and inspired.
“Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt.”
The subjects of the study were monitored after being exposed to a 16-minute “anger induction”.
This involved each individual describing topics that might inspire irritation, such as relationships, money or work, before spending a further 10 minutes listening to songs of their choice and then experiencing 10 minutes of complete silence. The researchers discovered that extreme music relaxed participants as effectively as sitting in silence.
“A secondary aim for the study was to see what music angry participants would select from their playlist,” Sharman said.
“It was interesting that half of the chosen songs contained themes of anger or aggression, with the remainder containing themes such as – though not limited to – isolation and sadness.
“Yet participants reported they used music to enhance their happiness, immerse themselves in feelings of love and enhance their well-being.”
And I can prove this in the Real World. The entire proceedings described in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! also attest to the inspirational effects of Punk on an even bigger scale; the entire story in the book being driven by the empowerment and positive motivation of Punk music back in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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