Psychology and Psychiatry

The influence of music on a person

The influence of music on a person, namely the influence of music on the psyche, was noticed even in prehistoric times, when it was used to accompany sacred ceremonies and shamanistic healing. Music now accompanies many spheres of human activity and exerts its influence on their productivity and general emotional state. The important point is the combination of certain musical rhythms with what exactly a person is busy and what result he wants to achieve. Simple examples from the life of everyone give an understanding that relaxing calm music helps to relieve irritability and fall asleep, and the cheerful one can activate the body's forces and be an inspirational factor during heavy physical work or sports activities. But music can also be misleading and distract, immerse in negative emotional states and raise long-standing traumatic events of the past, making them relevant in perception.

The influence of music on the brain is best studied in examples of classical works, among the most striking effects observed are a reduction in headache, memory improvement, relief from insomnia and depressive spectrum disorders. Separate attention should be paid to the separation of the influence of various musical genres, not only on the human psyche and physical condition, but also on the development processes (this is important for most living organisms, not just humans).

In addition to such general research, one should keep in mind national and cultural characteristics, because a work of a national or cultural nature will be very nutritious and beneficial for the psyche of a representative of this group or religious orientation, whereas for representatives of other cultures alien music can have a negative impact. Constant listening to someone else's music can lead to the development of serious psychological deviations, while listening to one's own ethnic music can dispel such violations.

How music affects people

It has influence not only genre and ethnicity, rhythm and volume, as well as musical instruments involved in the performance of the work. From the practice of musical studies, it was revealed that the work played on the violin caused a headache and nausea attacks in a person, while playing the drums inspired joy and energy, normalizing the course of the body's internal processes. This also includes the influence of music on the neuroendocrine function, when the sound of some instruments (piano) cleanses the thyroid gland, stimulates brain activity.

The influence of music on the psyche has been noticed and is being used now even in the sphere of marketing and sales: in order for buyers to make purchases faster, put on dynamic and cheerful music, and stay in restaurants for longer - slow and relaxing. Involuntarily, the rhythms of the human body are adjusted to the rhythms of the sounding melody. Heart rate, respiration, sharpness of movements, speed of decision making and brightness of the emotions experienced slow down or speed up.

Music can influence the mood of a person and his health - even in ancient times, music was treated with the help of music and considered it as the influence of spirits that come to the call of the instrument and help the suffering person. Now it is called music therapy, where studies have been conducted of the influence of frequencies and vibrations directly on the body tissues and psyche.

By its influence, music completely covers the whole being of a person, it is impossible to isolate any particular system or emotion, and remove the rest from the influence of sounds and vibrations (this includes metabolic processes and intellectual level, number of errors in work and coordination of movements).

The diversity of effects is due to the fact that the influence of music on the brain is enormous, and hence on all other processes that obey it. One should not assume that all impacts are positive, because, like any potent substance, music can also be harmful. If its vibrations do not match, the destruction of body tissues occurs, muscle tension and pain can be caused. If the rhythm and frequencies of music coincide with the frequencies of the brain, mental disorders can occur (manic states and psychotic visions), but without coincidence of frequencies, minor motives can cause depression or aggravate the existing until suicidal attempts. Background music, so common not only in public places, but also at home, is perceived by the brain as noise effects and excess stimuli, which overloads the nervous system.

Music is similar in its effects on humans with any chemical substance, the proper dosage and timely administration of which can both save and kill. The analogy is so relevant that it covers even the sphere of dependencies. Since there are certain musical drugs that affect the psyche, comparable to chemical drugs. Skillful use of the power of music can establish hemispheric communication (if you adjust the sound in one ear at 150 Hz, and in the other at 157 Hz), which ensures their synchronization. In inept hands, music leads to degradation, reduced reactions and a level of intelligence (especially with regard to prolonged listening to the same type of music).

The influence of music on human health

Human health is dependent on musical influence, due primarily to the fact that any music or rhythm synchronizes the work of organs and systems. This is done in the direction of improvement or imbalance - the question of the selection of the work, but the fact of the sensitivity of the physical body to the effects of waves of different frequencies and entering into resonance with them, from which the rhythms of the body's work cease, is undeniable.

The effect of music on the neuroendocrine function is used most often because it gives a positive effect in a fairly short time, because it is the nerve sensory pathways that are the most susceptible. Reducing anxiety and reducing pain is associated with an increase in the productivity of the hormones of joy and peace. This effect is relevant both to reduce headaches caused by nervous tension, and in physical injuries (in the study, when a small electrical discharge was applied, participants listening to music almost did not feel discomfort, while others noted a significant level of pain).

Providing a general relaxing effect on the body relieves muscle clamps that cause pain, in addition, the relaxed muscles respond more adaptively to the pain effect, making them part and absorbing pressure, while tense ones resist than increase the pain.

Music improves the functioning of the heart and normalizes pressure, which is achieved by relaxing the clamped vessels and synchronizing the work of the organs. In principle, all diseases of organs have one thing in common - a change in the rhythm of work, which can be restored by listening to music with similar waves and rhythms for a healthy organ.

Certain sounds (especially bell sounds) can destroy harmful viruses and bacteria. But also some sounds can destroy the cells of the organism itself. Since each organ vibrates and works in its own rhythm, as well as every cell in it, musical vibrations can either be a specific healing massage for them (after all, these vibrations penetrate deep into the tissue structure) or a destructive hammer. Conducting studies of the sound of the human body at the vibrational level, similarities with the sound of melodies were revealed (DNA resembles Indian temple mantras, and cancer cells sound similar to funeral marches).

Choosing what to listen to and in what quantity, we either revitalize ourselves, or finally finish our physical and mental state, and not only on the external level, but on the cellular one.

Influence of music on children

The children's organism has not only the most powerful effect, but is a formative factor for the development of all organ systems and the perception of the surrounding reality. It is a factor that expands the potential of the individual, so children who constantly listen to classical music begin to speak faster than their peers, more sounds are available for them to pronounce, they are already well aware of intonation of meaning in childhood.

The influence of music on children does not begin with lullabies and the sounds of the world outside the window. And even when the child is in the womb, which lays the strength of the nervous system, it allows you to synchronize the processes of internal work (just like in adults, it’s just the difference that normalization of the disordered organ is important for adults, and its formation is important for the fetus birth).

Musical influence perfectly copes with the removal of anxieties and fears in children, when logical arguments about the safety of the under-bed space are not suitable, and lullabies are the best sedative and hypnotic medicine. They tune the waves of the brain to a harmonious flow, provoke relaxation of muscle tension. From the nervous system, it is music that is a natural and effective method for correcting personal and emotional problems in children.

In the first years of life, it is especially important to choose the right musical accompaniment with a specialist, since it helps the child to adapt more quickly and more organically to an unfamiliar world. In addition, the impact of the negative effects of birth or pregnancy is reduced. Especially with oxygen starvation in history.

Music stimulates the production of the necessary enzymes, increases the activity of the nerve pathways and the whole body, which is usually reduced when there is insufficient nutrition of the tissues with oxygen. Neurological disorders can be corrected by resorting to music therapy, but here you should not expect quick results, as you will rather need a one-year music therapy to calm you down from slow melodic music. The numbers are not so large, taking into account the absolute natural effects and the revitalization of the body’s own forces, instead of medical treatment, and it can also be included in the natural course of everyday life.

Naturally there are contraindications, both in the choice of compositions, and in the features of the child, with severe diseases, convulsive seizures and high pressure, it is better to abandon the musical impact, and correct the acute state, using the advice of a doctor.

The influence of music on the development of the child

The child begins to perceive the world of sounds from the fifteenth week of intrauterine development, and by the twentieth, manifestations of activity to the musical influence, containing melody and rhythmics, are recorded. It is from this age that the effect of music on the development of the child begins, with a direct influence on the respiration rate and muscle tone, and these indicators are leading in shaping the proper functioning of somatic and mental characteristics. The saturation and nutrition of tissues with oxygen contributes to their full formation, which requires the reduction of muscular tension with the help of classical music. Rock lovers should prepare for the child's hyper-arousal, its aggressiveness and nervousness. Listening by the mother (and, accordingly, the child in the womb) classical and other harmonious works has a positive effect on the formation of high intelligence, lays down the accelerated development of speech abilities.

As for the recommendations, it’s common that the music should be melodic and balanced, without low frequencies and harsh sounds, but in any case, you shouldn’t follow the instructions of the articles recommending a certain work if the child’s reaction to it is negative. Children subtly feel the needs of their bodies and know what is good for them and what is destructive - therefore, experiment and put on the composition that the child likes. Over time, the recognition of familiar melodies by a child in the womb is possible, usually it calms down, freezes, falls asleep.

For preschoolers, music is relevant in the development of memory and brain functions, invaluable in case of problems with speech apparatus and concentration, mental stress. In addition to the correction, music develops the intellect, logical and spatial thinking, contributes to the formation of a holistic and mature personality. Creativity is more pronounced in children who are familiar with music since childhood, and they also develop an innate aesthetic taste (such kids usually do not have to talk about the compatibility and relevance of clothing and behavior, and they have a sense of tact inborn).

A person who has contact with music not only develops faster and more harmoniously, but copes more easily with crisis emotional moments (whether it be age crises or event moments of disturbing the familiar environment).

Music provides the nervous system with a variety of response options, as well as a springboard for eco-friendly living of accumulated emotions, which increases adaptability and stability.