Many male and female rockstars have stereotypically been considered “Div as.” I’ve DJ’ed shows with many artists that definitely act holier than though. Don’t get me wrong, of course not everyone behaves like this. I started to think, maybe this character trait tightly linked to musical success, could be used to provide evidence of some sort of biological origin to humans preference for music.
There’s a few things that I know off-handnot influence this behavior, its difficult to rate them in terms of importance. Status is definitely up there. After many of these artists have reached a certain level they see themselves at a different level in society and a result they behave differently.
I started to think of other “celebrities” and how they acted. Professional sport players aren’t associated with this stereotype. Some actors/actresses are – but that’s okay it still fits my general thesis.
I think these rockstars elicit naturally elevated emotional responses. Happy things make them happier, and sad things tend to upset them more. We know drugs have the ability to do this to people, and so perhaps the natural brain chemistry of an artist is more closely related to what would like like a normal brain under the effect of psychoactive drugs. If you haven’t heard yet, the music industry and drugs already go hand and hand.
A celebrity’s job is to act a certain, believable way. The best actors, and the award winning ones are all able to reach in to their minds and control their emotion- portraying feelings that aren’t necessarily real. The large majority of communication is non-verbal, perhaps this evidence of an innate ability to control feelings in ways different than the rest of the population.
An athlete, although much of their careers have an emotional aspect- are not nearly as important to celebrities or musicians.
Just an interesting parallel I noticed, that I think would graph to high positive correlation if we had indexes to measure these traits properly.