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“We consume books, movies, music, and visual art primarily to fulfill the internal emotional needs that are fundamental to our personalities. But we also make choices about art based on a desire to carve out identities for ourselves—to articulate the stories of our lives. By the same token, we look for those stories in others. We also feel intuitively that we can judge others by their tastes. …

“People high in neuroticism—less emotionally stable people who are anxious, sensitive, and easily upset—tend to be artistically creative and gravitate toward emotionally turbulent art, including films, songs, and literature often seen as romantic, according to Burt’s research. They decorate their living spaces with inspirational posters bearing messages like, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference,” or, “Until you spread your wings, you’ll never know how far you can fly.” These self-affirmations help neurotic people manage their tendency to worry and become blue, explains Gosling. “The posters are a visual form of self-medication.”

Accounting for Taste on Psychology Today.

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