Moon and human behavior: Is there really a connection?

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  • The moon has its ways to influence life and natural processes happening on planet Earth
  • For many years people believe that the phases of the moon can really affect human behavior
  • The most common notion is that the full moon has something to do with one’s sudden change of mood

The moon has been the Earth’s companion and natural satellite. Many people had worshiped the moon and got fascinated by its mysterious beauty. Some were even lucky and successful to be able to walk on the moon and learn about it up close.

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It has become such a huge influence to the life and natural processes happening on the Earth. For instance, corals release eggs and gametes in a reproductive frenzy during full moon. Sea tides also rise and fall depending on the level of gravitational attraction between the moon and Earth.

But for many years, people believe that the moon and its phases could influence human behavior. The most common notion is that the full moon has something to do with one’s sudden change of mood or behavior.

According to a study from 1984, there is a higher chance of criminality during the nights with full moon. Its authors suggest it can happen because of “human tidal waves’ caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.”

A small research published in 2009 also recorded that more patients are admitted in psychiatric facilities during the full moon than on ordinary days.

However, other researchers do not agree with the ideas mentioned. In 2019, researchers from Switzerland and the United States found no evidence to link the full moon and rise in aggression, as reported on Medical News Today.

They were able to come up with this conclusion after analyzing the data of 17,966 individuals confined at 15 different psychiatric wards over the span of 10 years.

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According to their papers, “[Beliefs that the moon influences human behavior] seem largely impervious to the fact that a great deal of research, including the present study, has failed to support them.”

“The reasons for the persistence of such beliefs may not be found in a rational understanding but more in a primal, emotional desire to believe that we are not solely responsible for our own behaviors.”