National Shrink Day - September 5
Thu, Sep 5, 2024

National Shrink Day

National Shrink Day is celebrated every year on September 5th. It is a special holiday celebrating the strong emotional bond that exists between a patient and a psychiatrist. The holiday reminds us of the significant contribution of psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists to the nation’s health. The work of these specialists is worthy of respect and gratitude.


Although the work of psychologists and psychiatrists has become an integral part of modern life, these specialties are relatively recent. In ancient civilizations, human emotions and philosophy were studied, but not as full-fledged academic disciplines. The first psychological research lab was organized in the 19th century by German scientists Gustav Fechner and Wilhelm Wundt. During this time, the foundations of psychoanalysis were also proposed by Sigmund Freud.

Interesting Facts

  • National Shrink Day was founded in honor of Bob Newhart, who flawlessly played a psychiatrist on The Bob Newhart Show.
  • The largest number of directions and specializations in psychology appeared in the 20th century when psychology became an official academic discipline.
  • The brain is an invaluable and powerful store of information; research has shown that it can hold about 2.5 petabytes (or 2.5 million gigabytes) of data.
  • The nervous system begins to form within a few weeks after conception.
  • Emotions can transform the brain and change it.

How to Take Part

Spend a day watching a psychiatric series, or read a book about the work of these specialists; it will expand your worldview. Browse thematic groups on social networks, find interesting events for yourself, and visit them. Talk to a psychologist and thank them for their work.

When is National Shrink Day celebrated in 2024?

National Shrink Day is observed on September 5 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday September 5 2024
Friday September 5 2025
Saturday September 5 2026
Sunday September 5 2027
Tuesday September 5 2028
Wednesday September 5 2029

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