Does the Moon Affect our Behavior?

by baladmin | September 25, 2015

According to a University of New Orleans study, 81% of mental health professionals believe that the cycles of the moon affect human behavior. In 1987, the Journal of Emergency Medicine claimed to find that 80% of randomly selected nurses and 64% of doctors in emergency rooms believed that lunar cycles affect mental health. As well, in 2007, the police force in the city of Brighton in the United Kingdom initiated the employment of extra officers during full moons. Sounds pretty spooky right? Well, hold on to your broomstick.

In 1986, U.S. psychologists James Rotton and Ivan Kelly combined the findings of 37 studies on the effects of the lunar cycle. They concluded it was unrelated to the numbers of psychiatric admissions, murders, car accidents, suicides and crimes. It seems that society and science are quite split. So what gives?

Kelly claimed that selective thinking can play a role. Such that believing the full moon affects a persons behavior skews the perception. As Buddha said,  

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

In other words, what you look for, you see. If you think the moon is going to affect circumstances you’re going to be more aware of things on that particular evening more so than you would on another.

For those who truly believe the moon has an affect on human behavior you’ll find these findings quite interesting:

    • In the 1970s, experiments were carried out to test how light affects hormones. It is known that the light of a Full Moon affects the level of melatonin we produce, so it may affect our sleep by an average of 20 minutes.
    • Some believe more bizarre incidents happen on the Full Moon because the added light keeps people out longer. After all, when the Full Moon is out it’s 250-times brighter than if there’s no moonlight at all.
    • The Earth is made up of 71% water. Humans are 75% water. According to ancient philosophers, the moon affects behavior by its larger than usual gravitational pull on water.
  • Lastly, the word lunacy comes from the latin word ‘luna,’ meaning moon.

Whatever side of science, theory or spirituality you stand on, take care of yourself tonight. The writer believes that the Earth is a healthier and happier place when its people are.

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