Taylor Swift and the Underdeveloped Frontal Lobe

Stephanie R By Stephanie R, 8th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Is Taylor Swift's huge success as a singer/songwriter due to her ability to connect to her highly emotional audience?

Taylor Swift and the Underdeveloped Frontal Lobe

Let's face it - there is no teenage girl alive in America that has not heard of Taylor Swift. She is a hugely successful young artist, the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, eleven American Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, and six Academy of Country Music Awards. Her fan base is also huge, with over 39 million fans on Facebook, and 24 million followers on twitter. (See her Facebook page, and her Twitter page to keep up with the young star.)

She began her music career at the ripe old age of fourteen, after being the youngest songwriter to be hired by Sony/ATV Music House. It would take the entire blog post to list all of her accolades and awards, but I think you get the point. The girl is dynamite.

Her incredible success is not because she is a great singer (although she does have a very nice voice), nor is it because her lyrics are full of poetic depth, or even because she has the music-writing abilities of Mozart (you could teach yourself the guitar chords she uses in her songs in a single afternoon - trust me, I've done it.) Her huge success lies in the way she understands and conveys the emotional instability that plagues each and every young person on the planet. She takes her own experiences, her own very strong emotions, and instead of allowing them to cripple her, like most teenagers might, she transforms them into a very productive (and lucrative) art form. Teenagers are emotional, fragile creatures, who are prone to stress and relationship struggles. There is a scientific explanation to this cognitive deficiency - our frontal lobes, the area of the brain that controls impulse, addiction, control of purposeful behaviors, consciousness, and emotion, does not fully develop until the age of 24 or 25. Swift easily pinpointed a great target audience - her own - and has since made millions of dollars on writing music that is not only easy to relate to, but universally felt and understood by underdeveloped, hyper-emotional brains (and even most developed brains.) In a sense, she was able to commodify the neurological deficiency of immature Americans, and make a fortune in doing so.

Taylor Swift and her emotionally charged songs came into my life at that horrible time of life we like to call high school. For me and for many of my contemporaries, growing up with Taylor Swift has colored the way we experience our relationships. In a blissfully happy relationship? Taylor has a song for that. Feeling out of place? Taylor's right there with you. Angry and vindictive? Taylor's got the matches, you've got the picture to burn. Learn your lesson? Your white horse is within reach. He's got a look of trouble? She knew that when he walked in. And so on.

Criticize her all you like for making mistakes in relationships, hate her for her new "pop" songs that betray your good old country music, and say you're over her music all you like. Let's see you make a success of yourself and several million dollars to boot - while your frontal lobe plays catch up.


College, College Life, College Student, Country Music, High School, Psychology, Taylor Swift, Teenage Girls, Teenagers

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