More than a ‘Mood Ring’

21 Mar

Holding a Mood RingOur friend Holly Ryerson Hansen has the most amazing daughter, Angela. (We wrote about Angela in LOL with God. We like the way her daughter thinks!) Here’s another example:

Angela: “Grrr …  Arrrgh … Grrr!”

Holly: “What’s wrong, Sweetie?”

Angela: “Oh nothing. I just have this mood ring, and I’m trying to see if it works when I get mad.”

LOL!

I (Dawn) can’t believe that mood rings are back in vogue. My granddaughter wears one!

This 1970s fad came out around the same time as the Pet Rock. Invented by New Yorker Joshua Reynolds when he was 33,  Reynolds was a wiz at marketing. (He went on to invent the ThighMaster!) According to a 70s-info site, a mood ring contains a heat-sensitive liquid crystal encased in quartz. as the body temperature of the owner changes, the crystals change colors … said to correspond to the wearer’s mood at the time.

An instruction book that came with the original Mood Ring explained what each color meant. People have different concepts of what the colors mean. Here’s what this 70s website remembers them meaning (and I have put others’ thoughts in brackets):

  • Golden Yellow means the wearer is tense, has difficulty focusing, and is easily bothered.
  • Blue indicates happiness [calm, relaxed]
  • Purple means moodiness or erratic emotions. [passionate]
  • Black is a real downer … the wearer might be overburdened or confused [stressed]
  • Reddish Brown is the sign of insecurity. [fearful]
  • Green means the person is easily amused. [romantic]

We joke about the Mood Ring, but “moodiness” is no joke! Some people have a greater tendency toward moodiness, and it’s not just a women’s problem ~ the result of crazy hormones. Some women do indeed get moody before their “time of the month.” But although hormones might contribute to moodiness in some people, much moodiness has nothing to do with hormones at all.

If you can, try to understand the triggers for the person’s moodiness so you can be a caring, encouraging friend (1 Thessalonians 5:11).  The triggers are many and varied.

  • For example, it might indeed stem from postpartum depression in a new mom, or PMS or other hormone issues (whether in teens or menopausal women).
  • It might be from an unresolved sin problem like anger, bitterness, or a perceived “rights” issue.
  • One kind of temperament, the Melancholic temperament, has a greater tendency toward moodiness. Dr. and Mrs. Tim LaHaye have written many books that detail this, including Spirit-Controlled Temperament by Tim and The Spirit-Controlled Woman by Beverly ~ and they suggest ways to overcome the problem.
  • Moodiness might be rooted in a serious mental issue or unaddressed anxiety. Perhaps a deficiency in the regulating chemicals of the brain.
  • An issue with one’s past may cause recurring moodiness. (I recommend a book about that in the next post.)
  • It might be a simple lack of sleep, or lack of good nutrition that feeds the brain.
  • Some moodiness is just a sign of too much stress, frustration, or confusion.
  • Moodiness can also surface when a person feels insecure or lacks confidence.

These are just a few causes of moodiness.  Don’t assume you know the reason behind a person’s moodiness. There may be multiple causes.

The Bible is full of truth principles that can help us learn to respond to others’ moods in a godly manner.

(NOTE: The next post will offer helpful hints on how to respond biblically to a person who is moody.)

* Holly’s story, used with permission

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