Beginning with Darwin in the 1700‘s, there have been many studies about the importance of emotional release. Throughout centuries men are shown as ego mastic, machines, warriors, and conquerors, looking to sweep a women off their feet (Gibson 2).
In today’s society this concept has been thrown out the window and it is now acceptable for women and men can show their emotions in public. Leaving some to ponder whether or not people should display these emotions publicly. There are a variety of reasons why you should, but the three most important are healthy being, feeling good, and means of communication.
In most countries crying is seen as taboo (Ben 2).
Most people believe that a physically healthy body is all you need and forget about their mental health altogether. People need to link their emotional health and their physical well-being if they desire a full healthy life (Andrea 2).
“Instead of radically splitting the two, emotional and physical self, we need to look at ourselves as an integrated whole.” says Dr. Suzanne Hatty.
Most psychotherapists and counsellors from nearly every school say emotional release is constructive (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 1).
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If people don’t release their emotions it will find an outlet, such as affecting the persons body and possibly
creating problems, for instance stress and anxiety disorders (Poole Hospital NHS Trust, 1).
Older boys tend to have issues with aggression and violent behavior, which some researchers believe is rooted in depression and the inability to express themselves emotionally (Gibson 3).
Crying is an important means of releasing physiological tensions. Without proper release people cant have mental stability and consequently not have a completely healthy body (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 1).
People know that cry is a natural and healthy response because most people report feeling relieved, more relaxed, and in a better mood after crying (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 2).
There are three types of tears generated in the eye; basal which are continuous and keep the eye moist, reflex which flush out when irritated, and emotional which are psychologically caused and flow in response to sadness, distress, and pain (Driscoll 2, Poole Hospital NHS Trust 1).
Biochemical composition of tears are different. Emotional tears are twenty four percent more concentrated with proteins then basal and reflex (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 1).
The proteins are magnese, an element that affects temperament, and prolactin, a hormone that regulates milk production (Driscoll 2).
Following a period of sympathetic nervous system hyperactivity, crying is part of parasympathetic rebound affect in which tears serve to discharge arousal (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 2).
During crying the person experiences raised levels of physiological arousal, when the arousal returns to previous levels the person feels better (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 2).
It is thought that sobbing out magnese and prolactin relieve tensions by balancing the body’s stress levels and eliminates build up of the chemicals, making the crier feel better (Driscoll 2).
his colleagues proposed that tears performed a sort of physical catharsis, a releasing of emotions.
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People use many forms of verbal and non-verbal communication. Without skilful communication society would ceases to function. It is easy to see how crying is essential to children. As infants you are unable to speak and use crying to inform others of your needs such as hunger, fatigue, and pain. A child between the ages two to five crying is still used to inform adults. As a young child they are unable to fully verbalize their needs, since they lack a extensive vocabulary (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 3).
Releasing tears and shouting lets the adult know that there is something wrong.
Showing emotions as an adult is also just as significant as a child. Emotions are universal (Driscoll 2) People are able to recognize how someone feels by the facial expression. Adults use crying to bond with other humans (Driscoll 2).
Although females are more adept at reading emotional signals, both men and woman use crying to convey their feelings (Poole Hospital NHS trust 2).
Women who show their emotions to others, especially other women, is seen as a sign of trust (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 3).
Letting other women see them in a vulnerable state conveys the idea of dependence between each other. Some believe men who cry in front of others are showing their ‘feminine side’, but they are just stuck in the 1950’s thought of public masculinity, a consensual understanding of how men should act and appear in mass media (Doree 2, Gibson 2).
Men also use tears to convey their emotions to others. Tears for adults and children are important means of communication (Driscoll 2).
The Western World believes crying is therapeutic and also converse, failure to cry
is a danger to our health (Poole Hospital NHS Trust 1).
People’s stereotypical attitudes influence the way many show their emotions over the years, making many believe crying is a sign of weakness. Without the proper release of emotions, it is impossible to have a full healthy and happy life with proper communication in our society.
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