Billy Joel once said that music is the explosive expression of humanity. If the music we create is an expression of our thoughts and selves, then is the same not true for the kind of music we listen to? Not everyone can make music, but certainly all can listen to and experience it.
I find that music is one of the most dynamic forms of recreational stimulation. It has the ability to suit, and adapt to, any emotional state. Different genres and types of music invoke different moods. Whether just as an undertone or the main anthem.
Subconsciously, our brains draw various links and relations from our surroundings, slightly configuring us according to our personality. Indirectly controlling our likes and dislikes, wants and needs, etc. Therefore, could it be assumed that our preferences in music are controlled the same way? If so, understanding our tastes in music could help us to better understand ourselves. We might then benefit from asking ourselves why we listen to the music we listen to, why our preferences in music change according to our moods, why we can’t stand some kinds of music, and what it is that makes music that is undesirable to us desirable to others.
This branch of inquiry would consist of researching the differences in how humans perceive different kinds of music, the correlation between preferred music and one’s personality, and the capacity to which one understands their own taste in music. The purpose would be to help a person better understand themselves by understanding the kind of music that stimulates them.
This method might not necessarily be a better a way of introspection, but it is a different way of thinking.