Exploring a rationale for choosing to listen to sad music when feeling sad

@article{vandenTol2013ExploringAR,
  title={Exploring a rationale for choosing to listen to sad music when feeling sad},
  author={Annemieke Johanna Maria van den Tol and Jane Edwards},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  year={2013},
  volume={41},
  pages={440 - 465}
}
Choosing to listen to self-identified sad music after experiencing negative psychological circumstances seems paradoxical given the commonly-held view that people are motivated to seek a positive affective state when distressed. We examined the motivations people described to listen to music they identified as sad, particularly when experiencing negative circumstances, and the self-reported effects of this activity. We asked adults to respond to an online survey and analyzed their narrative… 

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