I'm not crying, it's just been raining on my face


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As I sit here tearing up over a touching Subaru commercial, I wonder what the purpose is for shedding tears at a time like this. I understand how we cry such as when our eye is injured, but sentimental crying seems pointless and mostly a nuisance.

"It was discovered that humans are the only species with emotional tears." (nytimes.com) Since other species don't cry emotionally, it doesn't seem likely that crying is a lifesaving action.

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Women, on average, cry five times more often than men. In our society, it is more acceptable for women to cry than it is for men. Until adolescence, no difference between the frequency was found. (Wikipedia)

Tears produced during emotional crying have a chemical composition which differs from other types of tears. They contain significantly greater quantities of certain hormones and elements. "People may feel "better" after crying due to the elimination of hormones associated with stress."

I also read that humans may have learned to emotionally cry because they remember feeling better after they cried the last time. The memory of feeling better after a "good cry" leads them to believe that crying helps.

When is the last time you had an emotional cry?  Did you feel better afterwards?

Sources:

http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/why-we-learned-to-cry/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crying

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I've always wondered what exactly makes some people more emotional and prone to crying than other people. This WebMD article* cites a lot of reasons for crying, the most interesting being that it's actually a survival mechanism that signals that you need to address something, according to neuropsychologist Jodi DeLuca.

Also, you mentioned the fact that women typically cry more than men. I have to wonder if that has something to do with the biological differences between men and women, or if it's just been more socially acceptable for women to cry. In any case, it might be interesting to look into, and see if women benefit from crying while men suffer from holding it in.

* http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/why-we-cry-the-truth-about-tearing-up

I've always wondered what exactly makes some people more emotional and prone to crying than other people. This WebMD article* cites a lot of reasons for crying, the most interesting being that it's actually a survival mechanism that signals that you need to address something, according to neuropsychologist Jodi DeLuca.

Also, you mentioned the fact that women typically cry more than men. I have to wonder if that has something to do with the biological differences between men and women, or if it's just been more socially acceptable for women to cry. In any case, it might be interesting to look into, and see if women benefit from crying while men suffer from holding it in.

* http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/why-we-cry-the-truth-about-tearing-up

I've always wondered what exactly makes some people more emotional and prone to crying than other people. This WebMD article* cites a lot of reasons for crying, the most interesting being that it's actually a survival mechanism that signals that you need to address something, according to neuropsychologist Jodi DeLuca.

Also, you mentioned the fact that women typically cry more than men. I have to wonder if that has something to do with the biological differences between men and women, or if it's just been more socially acceptable for women to cry. In any case, it might be interesting to look into, and see if women benefit from crying while men suffer from holding it in.

* http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/why-we-cry-the-truth-about-tearing-up

In our sociology class we did discuss this topic for wether boys need to be less sensitive is biological or a social need. Turns out that the first thing a child experiences is his social environment and is given a gender label along with all its expectation - now both male and females have a certains set of "ideal" image that everyone unconsciously knows about.
Have you ever seen a boy fall down on the field and starts to cry and his mother comforts him by saying " c'mon big boys dont cry"
the same wouldn't happen if it were a girl.
I think it is because of the social pressure and what is expected of each gender.

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