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The Science of Crying
Michael Trimble, a behavioral neurologist with the unusual distinction of being one of the world's leading experts on crying, was about to be interviewed on a BBC radio show when an assistant asked him a strange question: How come some people don't cry at all?

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Emotional crying

Charles Darwin once declared emotional tears "purposeless."

Humans are the only creatures whose tears are not only a result of pain or irritation but can be triggered by their feelings. Emo...

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A range of feelings

Crying is more than a symptom of sadness. It can also be triggered by empathy, surprise, anger, or grief.

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Competing theories

  • Some ludicrous theories are that humans evolved from aquatic apes and tears helped humans to live in saltwater.
  • Others persist that crying removes toxic substances from the blood tha...

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People who don’t cry

Researchers found that non-crying people had a tendency to withdraw and described their relationships as less connected. They also experienced more negative and aggressive feelings like rage, anger...

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