Growing up, people would hear that crying makes you feel better so they should let out a good cry. Now, new research published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that crying has no effect on the moods of almost two-thirds of the women who were told to keep a daily emotion journal. They found that only a few of people had mood improvement after their crying episodes.
The study had 97 Dutch women, ages 18-48, logged 1,004 crying episodes as part of their mood journals that they kept over three month period. A crying session lasted on average of 8 minutes. The main reasons for them crying were outcomes of conflict, loss, or empathy over another’s suffering. The results showed that 61% of the women did not feel better while 9% said that they felt sadder after crying. Only 30% wrote that they felt better after crying. This suggests that most people feel better by social support or showings of affection by others.
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