The Moon and Human Behaviour

Woman Holding a Moon

For eras, people have assumed that the Moon affects human behaviour.

Both Aristotle (the Greek philosopher) and Pliny the Elder (Roman naturalist) believed that “Madness” and “Epilepsy” were caused by the Moon.

Some proofs suggest that there is an increase in violence among psychiatric patients or prison inmates during the lunar cycle of the Moon.

One of the research studies, states that outdoor criminal activities, like incidents occurring on streets, or in natural settings like the beaches, may be higher when there is more moonlight.

The Moon’s effect on our moods comes from the finding that every 206 days, these otherwise regular rhythms appear to be interrupted by another lunar cycle – the one responsible for creating “Supermoon”.

Super Moon over Snowcapped Mountain

“Supermoon” is the full Moon, which is the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit. Hence, the Moon looks slightly larger-than-usual apparent size, as viewed from the Earth.

It is believed that during the “Supermoon night”, the light of this full Moon might interrupt people’s sleep, which could influence their mood.

sea under full moon

In the modern world, there is so much light pollution. We spend a lot of time indoors exposed to artificial light. Hence, we are unaware of the changing levels of moonlight.

So, let’s get in touch with nature,

by observing the phases of the Moon each night

and don’t forget to develop an amazing bond

with the beautiful Moon.

Full Moon on a Daybreak

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