Fool Moon: It’s Not the Moon That’s Making You Crazy; It Could Be You.

Humans direct their blunders to our poor and defenseless moon

This past weekend was graced by the glow of a full Moon.  A sight for lover’s, night owls and wolves if you will.  At every Full Moon— along with this beauty arrives a feeling of worry, anxiety and certain disarray as the Full Moon is believed by many to increase mistakes, paranormal activity and chaos.

At age 19 to 20 I worked as an orderly in the OSU hospital and the nurses planned for extra caution for nights that fell on the Full Moon. Patient’s were said to act crazy on meds and ER’s were believed to increase in admissions.  I was expected give up many of my duties to watch potentially combative patients at their bedside.

In 2008- 2009 I was a PR manager at Norma Kamali Inc. and Norma herself, refused to  sign a contract, agree on a  photo shoot date or launch a product line near the exposed lunar phase.  I downloaded an Iphone app to manage the Full Moon calendar as well as the fashion and editorial calendars of the year.

This post today opposes the above experiences  as I caught myself in ridiculous  distrust of the celestial giant:

This weekend I attended a fabulous house party in a refurbished Victorian House (4 floors of impeccable modern taste)  My  friend and co party goer Sophie had lost her phone to which I blamed “Oh it’s the full Moon.” It actually took me and my friends an hour to even find the location of the sorree` because we were given incorrect directions to which I exclaimed “Oh it’s the Full Moon…. I woke up thinking I myself lost my cell phone– and while on my hands and knees in the back seat of my car during the search – I cursed the Full Moon….

Well in Fact: The idea that the  power of the Moon’s visual presence can affect our lives is as outdated as the Postal Service.

Read the article below from Psychology Today. We should be following a different ancient mantra –Errare Humanum Est

Q: Does the full moon influence human behavior?

Ever asked the question- What if we did not have a moon? All those love songs would have to be about a prosaic ocean

A: Everything from increases in violent crime and psychotic behavior to stock market fluctuations has been blamed on the effects of the fully illuminated moon. In 19th-century England, lawyers used the “guilty by reason of the full moon” defense to claim that their “lunatic” clients could not be held accountable for acting under the moon’s influence.

In his 1978 best seller, How the Moon Affects You, psychiatrist Arnold Lieber argued rather unscientifically that the moon has an effect on the human body (which is 65 percent water) that is similar to its pull on the ocean’s tides.

Despite these many assertions, scientists who have investigated the matter have come up empty-handed. University of Sydney researchers found no link to the moon’s cycle in two separate studies, one of violent or aggressive behavior, the other of dog bites that required human hospitalization.

And in an analysis that ought to put to rest any lingering doubts, Ivan Kelly, a psychologist at the University of Saskatchewan, found in a review of over 100 studies of lunar cycles and behavior — including emergency room admissions and suicide attempts — nothing to suggest that humans are affected by Earth’s satellite.

So why do 81 percent of mental health professionals, according to a University of New Orleans study, believe that lunar cycles affect human behavior? Part of the reason is historical: The illuminated moon played a more prominent role for our ancestors as both a calendar and a night-light. Before electric lighting became ubiquitous, a bright moon was more likely to disrupt sleep, producing widespread grouchiness.

Kelly also cites what psychologists call confirmation bias, selective thinking whereby we seek out information that confirms our beliefs and ignore evidence that challenges them. Says Kelly, “Some beliefs are just exciting to hold, whatever the evidence.”


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