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The Case For Crying Your Feelings Out During A Movie

"Movies can touch feelings in us that we don't normally have access to."

Lena Aburdene Derhally

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The Case For Crying Your Feelings Out During A Movie

The Case For Crying Your Feelings Out During A Movie

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/crying-during-movies-emotional-catharsis

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"Movies can touch feelings in us that we don't normally have access to."

"Movies can touch feelings in us that we don't normally have access to."

The benefits of crying

From a psychotherapy point of view, releasing of emotions is a very good thing, especially when we have allowed emotions to build up inside for too long.

Crying doesn't just feel like a release; it releases toxins (which decreases stress), endorphins (hormones that make us feel happier), and oxytocin (the hormone that connects us with others).

Crying during a movie

During a movie, crying is particularly helpful because you're connecting to some emotion on the screen without actually going through it in real life.

For example, if there is a death in a movie and it resonates with us, it may help us reconnect with our grief.

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    • Some ludicrous theories are that humans evolved from aquatic apes and tears helped humans to live in saltwater.
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    Closing A Hiring Pitch

    Bring the hiring pitch home with personal stories that show how people authentically live out your company’s mission. Pixar’s films often start from a real, personal story.

    Your company’s big-picture mission might be inspiring, but it’s not necessarily personal. You can make it more personal by peppering your pitches with personal anecdotes about ways that you’ve changed.

    Feeding Interest With The Promise Of Change

    After you’ve hooked your audience/candidate, you need to catch their attention and get the story moving by animating it with change and transformation. In Pixar’s movies, that change isn’t just about reversals of fortune—they’re about personal transformation.

    Great stories promise to change the life of the protagonist who we imagine ourselves to be, if not our own. In light of that, recruiters should focus on how candidates’ lives will change—not just their day-to-day tasks, but also how the new role will change the way they feel. 

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