Scoot: Does a full moon really make people crazy?

February 10, 2017 - 6:54 am
Tonight a full moon will hang in the sky and there will be much speculation that it will have an effect on human behavior.  But does a full moon really inspire lunacy? I did some research and discovered some interesting information about full moons and human behavior.

The moon has always been a mystical object in the sky to humans and even though man has walked on the moon, the mystery of the moon is still present today.

The word “lunacy” comes from Luna, the Roman Goddess of the Moon.  One definition of “lunacy” is those moments of insanity believed to be related to the phases of the moon.  A person who is acting in a crazy or abnormal manner is often described as a ‘lunatic.’  In 19th-Century England, lawyers actually used the defense of “not guilty by reason of the full moon” to prove that their clients should not be held responsible for their crimes.

The relationship between the moon and human behavior is well documented.  A Roman scientist and military commander believed that the full moon created a heavy dew, which made the brain extremely moist and affected behavior.  The power of a full moon to turn a human into a werewolf has been part of a literary myth since 1941.

It’s easy to understand how the full moon got this image.  Before modern lighting, the light of a full moon kept people awake at night and the lack of sleep led to behavior that was out of the ordinary.  The full moon also provided light for people to carry on drinking and participate in general debauchery well into the night.

The phases of the moon affect the tides of the oceans, and the body is 65% to 75% water.  So, does the moon affect the human body?  Full moons have been blamed for increases in violent crime, suicides, epileptic seizures, sleep deprivation, births and even deaths.  

But is a full moon to blame for abnormal behavior in humans?  The answer seems to be no!  Despite the belief by some police offices, ER nurses and doctors, mental health professionals and the general public that strange behavior increases during a full moon, there are no studies to support the myth that a full moon actually has the power to make people do crazy things.  There have been a few studies over a 50-year period that established some correlation between a full moon and abnormal behavior, but follow-up studies have proven the original conclusions to be false.

Romanticize about a full moon and perpetrate the mysterious powers a full moon has on human behavior, but insisting that a full moon enhances deviant behavior can be link to the workings of a lunatic mind! 
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