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Is crying good for you?
- By Leo Newhouse, LICSW, Contributor
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Leo Newhouse, LICSW, Contributor
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I have seen a few men cry (tho not a lot) in my life. I find that (for myself personally) when a man cries in front of me, I see strength and vulnerability in it. He’s strong enough to cry infront of me then he obviously trusts me and whatever type of relationship we have. It takes a VERY strong, confident man to cry infront of others since most of us were taught that “Men don’t cry”. As a woman, I cry much less than the stereotype would suggest, but I’m also allergic to my own tears. I didn’t cry for 9 years and I was an emotionless zombie that could not connect with other people even though I understood why they were crying. I quit crying, but I also quit feeling. I didn’t feel sad, hate, anger, happy, love, joy. I felt nothing. Like being numb for all those years. If you are able to “turn off” crying for a long period, you may turn off more than just tears. I am now able to cry and emotions have returned! Some happy some sad, but all real.
Thank you, Gemsi, for your thoughtful comment
I consider crying as the equivalent of sneezing. When you cry you let out tons of emotions that allow your body and mind to reboot after you release all those emotions. Same thing with sneezing in that it releases a bunch of stuff that really shouldn’t be inside of your body. When people hold in sneezes they’re holding back something that the body wants to release to readjust the physiological nature of things.
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