Songs for the Ego: Theorizing Musical Self-Enhancement

  title={Songs for the Ego: Theorizing Musical Self-Enhancement},
  author={Paul Elvers},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
This paper outlines a theoretical account of musical self-enhancement. I claim that listening to music serves as a resource for actively manipulating affective states so that a positive self-view is maintained and a sense of optimism is provided. Self-enhancement-the process by which individuals modify their self-worth and gain self-esteem-typically takes place in social interactions. I argue that experiencing music may serve as a unique "esthetic surrogate" for interaction, which equally… CONTINUE READING

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