A recent study indicates that crying does not make people feel better. But there is a problem with this study.
(Crying shame: Tears don’t make you feel any better, study shows, By Cari Nierenberg, http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/29/7190543-crying-shame-tears-dont-make-you-feel-any-better-study-shows#.TjR9l8uTx0A.email).
The study indicates that:
“Shedding tears only improved mood in one-third of criers who kept tabs of their bawling behaviors, finds recent research.”
The problem is that they do not differentiate between crying as a victim and crying to release the authentic pain of grief, loneliness and heartbreak. They do not differentiate between victim tears and authentic tears that release core painful feelings. It is likely that the one-third who benefited from crying were those who were releasing authentic pain. Continue reading Does Crying Make you Feel Better?