The Science of Crying
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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. Emotional crying remains one of the human body's mysteries.
Crying is more than a symptom of sadness. It can also be triggered by empathy, surprise, anger, or grief.
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, and disgust.
There is no evidence that crying comes with any positive effects on health. There is also no evidence that holding back tears would have a negative effect on the mind and body.
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