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Self Discovery For Music Artists (Part One): Personal Development Series

Self Discovery For Music Artists : Basic Foundation.

Self discovery is a state someone gets to due to an intentional and practical measures adopted to understand the extent and value of his mental capacity in respect to his talent, temperament and

how these two factors ( talent and temperament) influences his preferences and coexistence with others, with the view to controlling the excesses as well compliment the limitations associated with these factors.

The striking issue here is: what are the excesses and limitations associated with these factors (talent and temperament) that are needed to be controlled and complimented ?

There are many theories that can provide answers to this question thereby guiding our lead to self discovery. The theories include: psychodynamics, humanistic, behavioral, temperament and trait theory.

To get indebt understanding of the matter, we'll stay with temperament theory.

Hippocrates as the originator of human temperament, proposed a theory stating how every human belong to four major categories according to their behavioural patterns.

 He went further to state the actions and inactions associated with each of the categories.

The actions are number of behaviours that an individual is predisposed to, due to the dominant behavioural trait in the gene of the person. The inactions consists of behaviors that the person is less predisposed to due to the absence of some behavioural traits in the gene of the person.

I choose the term "action" to designate behavioural traits that are dominant in a particular category of humans. While " inaction " designates behavioural traits that are lacking.

As a Music Artist, there is a need to understand how you discover your self, use the knowledge to develop a personality that makes you dependable and saleable in the entertainment industry.

By practicing this knowledge consistently, you acquire the ability to discern the temperament of anyone you are dealing with in the industry, whether  a producer, colab artist, promoter, manager etc, in order to better relate with them at a deep level where trust and loyalty can be achieved.

When this is done collaborations that are difficult for other artists to achieve will be an easy deal for you including related contracts.

Having the music industry in focus, the benefits of self discovery are enormous as stated bellow:

It makes you understand the characters that you need to learn because they were not part of you originally but due to necessity to gain acceptability in a wider range as a celebrity. 

It gives you an idea on why most genre either drain your energy or freeks you out.

It informs you on the kind of genre where you'll soar high, and lot more concepts you'll learn by yourself that are not on the pages of any book.

The Temperament Theory by Hippocrates is a concept that classify human being into four major groups such as: Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy and Phlegmatic.

Everyone belong in one of these groups. In most cases people that can't find them selves in any of the groups eventually realized that they are made-up of traits from two or more groups.

Temperament is crucial in the course of self discovery and self discovery is incomplete without the concept of talent.  I discovered in a personal study that their is a strong correlation between talent and temperament.

I usually describe talent in music as the natural gift that an artist possess that gives him or her the mental resource to conceive a song and render it in a certain way that's sustainable without the artist being constrained.

Two major factors influences your talent in music, they are: cognition and intuition. Everyone has the two qualities in them just that its usually available in different ratio. A musician with cognition/intiution ratio of 70:30 will perceive and do music differently compared to a musician with cognition/intiutive ratio of  30:70. And this ratio continues in its variations in infinite manner let's say cognition/intuition: 25:75, 12:88, 90:10, 50:50, 35:65, etc.

Based on this position we will be classifying  musical talent into two.

Types Of Talent In  Music:

Intuitive based talent and 
Cognitive based talent.

Artist with intuitive music talent

Intuitive Based Talent (IBT):
Artist in this group approach music composition with a degree of mental imagery, broad enough to produce a major part or full verse for a song at a go, I'm coming from the standpoint of extrasensory perception (ESP). involving a concept of melodic telepathy as against "telepathy" that's known to be based on psychic procedures invented by Fredrick W. H. Myer, founder Society for Psychical Research, 1882. 

I coined the term " melodic telepathy to represent a procedure of conceiving lyrics from unlimited bank within a realm through the mind and  transmitting through it: feelings, perception, passion, affliction, etc to the audience through a song in a way that makes them to relive the experience. This is a gift in this set of artists.

This is why some of their songs resemble a product from the supernatural. I choose to call them melodic-telepathy artists.

Artists in this category compose in their head, there after write on paper or record on a device for remembrance.

This ability is a major factor behind the success in any genre they so desire. Most of them have strong affinity towards affection. Fusing their melodic-telepathy  ability with affection gives them the wizardry towards seductive R&B songs.

The down side is that they do less of factual form of music.  I'll be listing the group of temperament that belong here, as you read on.

Artist with cognitive music talent

Cognitive Based Talent (CBT):
Artists in this group try to be factual in their music composition, they like to address an issue, solve a problem or bring back past events in their music.

At times their song can end up being perceived as offensive content. They do less of affection in music.
They depend so much on music writing and writers before composition.

To attain the concept of self discovery as a music artist, first of all you need to understand what works for you during music composition as stated in the groups of talent. Then see it as a duty to understand where you belong in the temperament groups noted below.

Here are the types/groups of temperaments and their relationship with musical talents

One outstanding trait easily noticed about people in this temperament group is the fact that they are usually easily excited.

They are extremely happy individuals that are fun to be with. In addition they are impulsive, eloquent, talkative, light hearted and easily forgive others, compassionate, highly imaginative, in most cases they love to help people.

They are easily forgetful and extroverted. Music artists that exhibit these behavioural patterns experiences unlimited flow of verbality which is a similar force fueling unlimited lyrical composition in them. Dr. Helen Fisher categorised them as Explorer and traced "dopamine" to be the brain chemical responsible for the behavioral pattern that they exhibit. A research by Kristina Simonyan, Barry Horwitz and Erich Jarvis, (Jan 2012) titled: Dopamine Regulation Of Human Speech And Bird Song discovered that dopamine is responsible for the song attribute in birds as well influences speech in man. 

Based on the findings we can trace people in this group to have high potential in singing. Blending the potential with their capacity for mental imagery gives them the ability to graduate effortlessly into melodic-telepathy status. Music artists that find themselves under this group belong to the  intuitive music talent (IMT).

Choleric .

People in this group are easily identified by their lifestyle of workaholism. In addition they are competitive in nature, argumentative, fearless, like to exert control, arrogant, extroverted, logical.

Music artists that exhibit these behavioural patterns are often systemic in nature in such a way that they are realistic and thrive on facts. That's why their music have to obey the principle of argument and evidence. Music artists that are under this group belong to the cognitive music talent (CMT).

This group is characterized by individuals with pessimistic mindset that want to deliver 100% efficiency all the time not minding the fact that 80% is also excellence.

In addition they dislike bending rules which qualify them as "high in moral standard", easily depressed which makes them muddy almost all the time, they are down to earth and value details on almost everything.

They have the highest level of cognitiveness which makes them perfectionist, introverted. Music artists that exhibit these behavioural patterns belong to the cognitive music talent (CMT)

Phlegmatics are innocent people that can't hurt an ant, they'll rather let go than involve in confrontation,

they love routine activities which is more reason they dread new concept or systems, the easiest way to identity a phlegmatic is by their sluggishness,you notice it in their speech pattern, decision making and overall life style, highly empathetic, introverted.

Music artists that exhibit these behavioural pattern often run out of lyrics in a way similar to writer's block, the extent he can go as an artist is dependent on his secondary temperament, either (sanguine, choleric, or melancholy) therefore he is either intuitive or cognitive music talent.

In most cases an artist may posses both qualities (IMT and CMT) as regards talents in music by virtue of his secondary or third temperament, to figure out your temperament if you were unable to do so initially kindly take this  temperament test, it's a seven pages test form. Fill, submit and study the result to discover the hidden part of you. The result is displayed immediately after submition. 

To have read to this point, as a music artist you have known where you belong in the talent and temperament groups. Which is a vital state in a self discovery process. You can as well structure your life for economic advantage to gain a ballance outside music as a profession through this resource: Personal development skills to compliment the effort of music artists towards self discovery

In the next part of the series we will unveil
excesses and limitations associated with these factors (talent and temperament) for music artists who are in the  sanguine category and how they could be controlled. 


Identify the following songs in order of either intuitive music talent (IMT) or cognitive music talent  (CMT), in the comment section.






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  1. A is IMT
    B is IMT

    C is CMT
    D is CMT

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