I mean the title of this post in jest...sort of. A new study published by the Australasian Psychiatry medical journal advises that child psychiatrists should pay more than close attention to the type of music that their teen patients favor. For example, if you like "dance" music, you could likely be engaging in drug use. Like jazz music? You're likely an introverted loner. Like pop music (And who hasn't at some point in their lives? It's "popular")? You're likely prone to be struggling with your sexuality. Like all three? You'll likely end up writing for a music blog, magazine, or working in a record shop. Hell, if you like techno, house, hip hop, afrobeat, and R&B, you could even find work as a DJ!
While this journal article is likely attempting to bring to light the fact that clinicians should be paying more attention to their teenaged clients' music preferences, it instead places those who favor one type of music over the other as having a predilection for mental disorders. This is a slippery slope because it is entirely impossible to disagnose someone based upon their music preference. And as many doctors already know, one must never assume their patients' diagnosis lest they miss subtle clues that their patient may have another diagnosis not being considered. All in all, in my opinion, this article is promoting bad medicine.
On another note, if you've always wanted to know what your musical preferences may mean from a twisted psychiatrists' standpoint, check after the bounce. Following the journal authors' logic, I'm an introverted, kleptomaniac drug addict who hates women. Go figure.