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42d

i wanna hear y’all’s opinion on sad music. i was having a conversation with a cousin about kid cudi and why he’s my favorite artist. he’s my favorite artist because when i hear him speak about his issues it reminds me that i’m not the only one and that’s why i find comfort in his music. but my cousin said he’s always avoided sad music because it’s what causes sadness. what do y’all think?

Anxiety (Including GAD)

Depression

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  • sageblanl

    42d

    If I listen to sad music it makes me want to keep being sad I guess. Like if this guy has so much and he's still sad what's the point.

  • justyourlocalcryptid

    42d

    I find it cathartic but it’s easy to get sucked into it. honestly it depends. I do listen to mostly sad music, though, I love it.

  • DitsyDiabetic

    42d

    I used to listen to mostly sad music, back when i was undiagnosed and self medicating… now days some of it is a little sad, but most of it is more hype now. Every once in a while tho i play my sad playlist…

  • Jgrazia89

    42d

    I can totally relate & I’m glad I just saw this because I was just using the bathroom and thought about listening to a sad song by my favorite (Eminem). My middle school counselor told me to never listen to sad songs when you’re sad… but, IMO.. it can help you sort through & express your feelings! It won’t cause you sadness. Listen to what you enjoy!

  • mariee_grace

    42d

    i cant help not listening to sad music too yk? it’s like comfortable for some reason, but sometimes i try to just let myself have one sad song a day to keep my depression at bay. phoebe bridgers hits hard for me

  • Avocado.XL

    41d

    I’m this Academic literary person who spend their life analyzing poetry that have been written by the greatest poets in history. But when it comes to my music choice I go towards the silliest songs with silliest lyrics. I can’t explain

  • FoxontheRun

    41d

    I really like sad music when I'm feeling down. It makes me feel less alone.

  • aldrwytch

    41d

    I’m similar to you. There’s no universal truth, but research does support that for a large number of people, listening to sad music when sad or angry music when angry can be very cathartic and positive! Feeling seen/validated, less alone, etc, can be very comforting and helpful. But the listener would need to perceive it that way, I guess, for it to work. Most people I know seem to feel this way though. Personally trying to listen to certain kinds of “happy” or “positive” music while upset can just make it worse.

    • justyourlocalcryptid

      41d

      yeah, I cannot listen to “happy” songs when I’m feeling the complete opposite

  • theglowingembers

    41d

    I’ve done some research on this, and what I found was basically that listening to sad music can lift your mood (especially if you have depression/related mood disorders) but, if you listen to sad music for the purpose of making yourself more sad (aka using sad music to ruminate in your sad/depressed thoughts) then it will indeed make you more sad

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