Good Cry; Bad Cry

Many would argue that crying is not an every-day activity. Take a step into my all-girl student house however, and you might find that quite a bold statement. A particularly heavy day at university, watching a rom-com, chopping onions and ridiculous laughter fits are frequent occurrences, often leading to a common outcome – tears. Which spurred the thought in me, with so many causes surely not all tears are the same?

So what’s the difference? As humans, we are the only known creatures to shed ‘emotional tears’, but tears are not only categorised into emotional and non-emotional; in fact, three types of tears exist, each carrying out unique roles.

Basal tears are essential for lubrication and hydration of the eye, making them ever-present and highly important (but a bit boring if you ask me).

You know when someone pokes you in the eye? Those are reflexive tears, brought on by sudden irritation like those unavoidable onion fumes.

Now: Psych tears. These are the interesting ones. Also called emotional tears, they stem from sadness triggered in the cerebellum of the brain, causing an endocrine cascade that results in tear formation. But these are special tears. They contain higher levels of certain proteins, including endorphins like leucine-encephalin that when released through crying are believed to reduce pain whilst increasing mood. This is what lead to the term: ‘Having a good cry’.

Feeling stressed? Go on, have a good cry! All you require is emotional stability and this Youtube clip. Enjoy!?

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5 Responses to Good Cry; Bad Cry

  1. Lorna says:

    Absolutely loved this post! Exactly the right balance of scientific information mixed with personal experience and written almost comically. The explanations behind tears were at a perfect level to be understandable to those who don’t study science. It was also very easily to relate to being an emotional young woman myself (ha). I won’t lie, the scene of Mufasa’s death gets me everytime!

  2. achrystal says:

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback, I’m glad you liked it! Not so much to do with the lectures to be honest but it actually stemmed from a pretty teary week in my house haha! Looking forward to seeing your next post!

  3. vanarm says:

    I agree great read and very well explained. I’m sure all of those that read it will go on to tell others about these tears.

  4. ayleashamcnair says:

    I actually used this information to console an emotional non-science house mate last night so proves the effectiveness of your blog 🙂

  5. achrystal says:

    That’s awesome thank you, I hope they feel better!!

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