Music: The Healer

Music is something that is purely magic. It’s salve for all of life’s emotional wounds. What’s crazy about music is that there is so much out there that there’s literally something for every mood imaginable. There’s music to calm you down, there’s music to put you in an ethereal state, there’s music to pump you up, and there’s music that simply serves to take away silence.

Everyone has a favorite song or artist and it’s no surprise that liking the same music can be both a topic of conversation and a tool for connection. Personalities can even be determined by the types of music people listen to. Think about it, there are classical people, there are artsy/indie people, there are hard rock people, there are alternative people, and there are country people. There are so many facets of personalization that come from music that it’s no surprise that music can be as contentious as politics or religion. It’s different for everybody. (Hedrick, 2014)

Does music heal emotional suffering? Research says yes.

We now know through controlled treatment outcome studies that listening to and playing music is a potent treatment for mental health issues. Research demonstrates that adding music therapy to treatment improves symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics. Further, music therapy has demonstrated efficacy as an independent treatment for reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

There are several mechanisms by which music can have this effect. First of all, music has positive physical effects. It can produce direct biological changes, such as reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels.

Also, studies suggest that exposure to prosocial lyrics increases positive thought, empathy, and helping behavior. The message in a lyric such as “We shall overcome” may be able to reach more people than all of the psychotherapists in the world combined.

Finally, music is a connecting experience. The mend idea of using music to try to get the world together is now all over the place. (Friedman, 2014)

Priyanka Banik

Priyanka Banik

Business Development Executive

IRIANS- The Neuroscience Institute

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