Does your temperament depend on the season in which you were born?

Hungarian researchers have discovered that the time of year in which you are born has a significant impact on your temperament and the likelihood of developing mood disorders, becoming moody, or having drastic mood swings.

The Budapest team studied more than 400 people, and each characterized them with a personality type, compared to the time of birth.

Those born in the spring season were found to have a genuinely happier temperament than other people.

People born in the summer appeared to be the most positive participants, but also the most likely to experience sudden and excessive mood swings.

Those born in the fall were the least likely to become depressed, while those born in the winter were the least irritable.

The results led the researchers to conclude that being born in the summer significantly increases the chances of developing a mood disorder or having extreme temperaments.

The study found two types of temperaments, cyclothymic temperament and hyperthymic temperament.

Cyclothymic is defined by the study as “characterized by frequent and rapid changes between sad and happy moods.” This is the most representative temperament of individuals born in summer, compared to those born in winter.

Hyperthymic temperament is defined as “a tendency to be excessively positive,” which was more common in those born in spring and summer.

Senior researcher and assistant, Xenia Gonda, said:

“Biochemical studies have shown that the season in which you were born has an influence on certain monoamine neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, which is detectable even in adult life.

This led us to think that date of birth may have a longer lasting effect.

Why do these correlations exist, and yet remain unknown?

Professor Gonda added that future studies will explore whether people born during certain seasons share biological traits that could explain their typical moods.