What benefits exist for those who cry, and what disadvantages exist for those who do not cry?What benefits exist for those who cry, and what disadvantages exist for those who do not cry?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

According to reporter Victor Parachin, recent studies show that tears help reduce toxins and aid in the body's healing properties by reducing tensions and releasing certain chemicals developed during emotional stress.  Thus, scientists are drawing the conclusion that people who cry may enjoy better physical and mental health.

Interestingly, scientists have discovered that emotional tears differ from tears that develop as a result of an eye infection.  For, emotional tears emit more proteins and beta-endorphin, one of the body's natural pain relievers.  Ergo, that is why people say they "feel better after a good cry."

In American culture, crying has often been perceived as "unmanly."  Still, women have much higher levels of serum prolactin, a hormone connected with the production of tears as well as breast milk.  Margaret Crepeau. Ph.D. reports that hormones may help regulate tear production and, thus, affect the frequency of crying. Nonetheless, the results of holding back tears can range from ulcers to colin colitis, reports Dr. Crepeau, who conducted studies of crying at Marquette University in Wisconsin.

Dr. Crepeau feels that most people cry appropriately and should allow themselves to weep.  But, those who cry every time they are criticized, may need help.

That kind of crying is an alarm bell that indicates loss of self-esteem or some other problem.


Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It has become common understanding that crying provides much in the way of therapeutic benefits.  It allows for a moment of release.  As pressures seem to increase on many fronts, the ability to release it at some point through tears can be powerfully redemptive.  Naturally, like all releases, there should be some monitoring.  Crying as a way to relieve stress is highly suggested and supported.  Yet, if crying seems to have no end, and is done out of a condition where pain and anguish seem to be present, further therapeutic ends might be required.  At the same time, to not cry due to social perception or the belief that others might deride, could be equally destructive as it forces individuals to internalize their sense of pain and does not give an appropriate release, which could manifest itself in other health conditions such as hypertension or cardiac challenges.  Perhaps, this could also manifest itself in other forms such as taking up smoking or drinking as a way to reduce stress, bringing greater health complications than the social derision of crying.

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One thing that has not been addressed is crying as a conditioned response. When I was about 10, I was a kid who cried very easily. I didn't like being that way, and it bothered me. I started looking at what was going on, and began to realize it had started with one of my relatives who will remain nameless. This person was very controlling, and yelled and screamed frequently. When I would start to cry, the screaming would stop. Voila.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
In addition to the scientific benefits to tears, there are psychological ones. When you don't cry, you are bottling up emotions. This can be psychologically stifling. Crying releases those emotions, and it is actually comforting to cry. Psychological mumbo jumbo? I don't really think so.
giorgiana1976 | Student

The action of the cry occures, naturally, as a emotional response  to the intersection with certain feelings, such as the sadness and pain. But people cry in other circumstances and on other occasions, such as: in front of a beautiful happenings, in case of death, and whenever they are overcoming by strong feelings that  just emotionally disbalanced .

Although most experts define tears as emotional weapons, are some who see them as a liberation of energies and feelings accumulated. In this regard, the tears are seen as a survival mechanism, because pulling alarm signals that the person wants to approach someone, to communicate, to confess, because, among other experiences, persons are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed by external problems.


Our own tears have a biochemical role, helping us to release hormones that trigger stress and eliminate toxins from the body.

Finally, tears can have a purely social role, being used for a person to obtain something, to win something. For example, are people who shed tears to manipulate someone, for example, to get agreement to go on a luxury holiday to persuade the child to do his homework every day, etc.

Benefits of tears

For most people to cry  has a beneficial connotation ... many of us have to admit that we feel much more relieved, more released after crying.
But, is generally available this statement?

There are researchers who argue that yes, a person feels liberated after crying, but there are studies that show otherwise, that successive repetition of this action leads to the installation of depression and anxiety. About this mental illness is known as they are leading to physical illness.

So there are people for whom the only "benefit" the tears bring are depression and anxiety!

Disadvantages those who do not complain

Too many tears can hamper those present, but the fact that a person cannot ever cry, may have mental implications.

For various reasons some can simply remove the appearance of tears, which means that they prohibit any emotional expression, or worse they have not even seen their inner feelings. General characteristic of these persons is depression.

Specialists believe that every person must acknowledge their physical or psychological pain, sadness, because they can not be classified as positive or negative but simply are what they represent.

People who can  suppress the appearance of emotions and cannot cry can endanger their physical health.

The British psychiatrist Henry Maudsley: "The pain that will not cause tears makes other organs weep".

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