Forget classical music—heavy metal can help your mental health more
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Mar 7, 2018
A new study from the Journal of Community Psychology suggests that listening to heavy metal can help with mental health issues.
Paula Rowe and Bernard Guerin from the University of South Australia interviewed 28 people aged 18 to 24, all of whom identified with metal music. Rowe and Guerin found that even though they have been bullied or marginalized at school, the interviewees’ heavy metal identity meant that they did not struggle with mental health issues.
“Despite experiences of intense family situations, ostracism, bullying, and loneliness, these participants got through this period of life with little or no explicit mental health issues,” said the researchers. Rowe and Guerin also noted that constant engagement with fellow metalheads helped the participants to survive the stress of challenging environments and build strong and sustained communities, minimizing potential mental health problems.
This new study backs up a previous research from the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology in 2015, which concluded that heavy metal music fights emotions like anger and depression.
That said, here’s a short playlist you can headbang to:
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