‘No Like the Winter Blues’: Lack of Sunshine Doesn’t Make People More Depressed, New Study Allows
- A Dutch study of 5,282 people found that a lack of sunlight does not affect mood
- However, participants with high neuroticism were affected by the lack of sunlight
- Neuroticism is a personality trait that makes people more likely to be moody
New research suggests that a lack of exposure to sunlight does not make a person feel more depressed.
A Dutch study, involving 5282 people, found that the participants who already have a tendency to experience negative emotions were the only ones affected by the change in sunlight.
The other participants who do not have high neuroticism were almost completely unaffected by the end of the summer sun, The times reports.
A new Dutch study states that a lack of sunlight does not affect a person’s mood (stock image)
Neuroticism is one of the five great personality traits of the highest order in the study of psychology.
Those who score high on neuroticism are more likely to be moody and experience feelings of anxiety.
Wim Winthorst, from the University of Groningen, is one of the authors of the study.
He said he could only speculate why those participants with a lot of neurotics were an exception to the findings.
He said these people “might tend to attribute their negative moods to factors beyond their individual control.”
Winthorst also suggested that winter could be a stressor for these selected participants, causing an increase in depression-related symptoms.
In psychology, stressors can be events or environments that certain individuals may find challenging or threatening their personal safety.
Speaking to Plos One, the researchers said their findings did not support the belief that seasons can influence moods.
The only people whose mood was affected by a lack of sunlight were those who scored high on neuroticism – a personality trait that can make a person moody or experience depressive symptoms (stock image)