What Your Birthdate Reveals About Your Personality
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Researchers are extremely curious about the effects of your birth date on your personality and health. It has been found that January is a month of extremes. On one hand, January babies bear the brunt of mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, depression, and even schizophrenia. However, people born in January seem to be some of the most successful people. A 2013 study found that people born in this month are more likely to be famous and uniquely skilled.
February babies have a lot in common with January babies, though they have a greater probability of growing up to be celebrities. Luckily, people born in this month have some protection against common diseases. Still, February babies do have certain susceptibilities: According to a study done on mice, babies born in the dead of winter don’t adjust well to changes in the seasons and can be less physically active.
March babies are more likely to be optimistic. Optimism is a great trait to have, especially in light of the fact that people born in March tend to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Whatever their hardship, though, March-born individuals are able to see the good in the bad.
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Having an April birthday, unfortunately, correlates to heart issues. One of the reasons for this risk, scientists theorize, is that the mother—and therefore the unborn child—isn’t outside as much and doesn’t get as much of the sunshine vitamin (vitamin D) during the winter months of gestation. In terms of personality, some sources suggest they are highly optimistic, though, and less prone to mood swings.
May babies have a higher likelihood of experiencing clinical depression than babies born in any other month. On the upside, though, these people tend to be extremely healthy otherwise. May babies are also thought to have an aptitude for a greater variety of professions than those of other birth months.
June babies—and summer babies in general—tend to be moodier than others. Their emotions shift rapidly from highs to lows, and back again. Surprisingly, though, June babies are less susceptible to bipolar disorder than others. People born in this month, then, appear to be more resilient and capable of handling their emotions.
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Smack in the middle of the summer, July babies’ emotions are perhaps the most turbulent. Unlike June and August, July is a month that appears to give rise to more people afflicted with bipolar disorder. According to a study on CEO’s in America, July-born individuals are also among the least likely to be leaders. Instead, they prefer to lead low-key lives and enjoy simple pleasures.
According to a study done by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, August babies tend not to do well in school—or enjoy it. Less attracted to academic learning, they are more likely to appreciate and excel in learning through life and work experiences. People born in August seem to approach the world with a hands-on philosophy.
September babies seem to be the least likely to develop bipolar disorder. People born in the month of September also tend to do very well academically. They tend to be cerebral and engage in abstract and detail-oriented thinking.
People born in the prime autumn month of October tend to be more irritable than others. They are also some of the most prone to disease—especially respiratory issues. The good news: October-borns rank amongst the top when it comes to leadership skills.
While December-born babies will end up having a higher risk of reproductive diseases, they may be more emotionally stable and healthy than people born in other months of the year. Being born in this month seems to correlate with being less irritable than their November counterparts.
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Originally published as What Your Birthdate Reveals About Your Personality on RD.com.