Thursday, July 30, 2015

Your birthday can influence your personality (but still don't believe in astrology)

I used to tell people when they asked my religion that the most religious thing either of my parents did was teach me how to do an astrology chart. (And read tarot cards but that's a story for another day.) My mother was a big believer in astrology, and even though I thought it was bunk (in no small part to being ascribed the irascible child of the zodiac. Why couldn't I be born under a cool sign like Scorpio or Aquarius? No one likes Aries.), it was a fun hobby. But nothing more than a hobby. But apparently Science has found a link between birth months and mental illness.
1. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are more common among people born in winter and early spring.
2. Suicidality is more common among people born in the spring.
More great news.
Hyperthymic temperament — a tendency to be excessively positive — [was] significantly higher in those born in spring and summer.
Happy, but still suicidal?