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When We Cry We May Be Doing More Than Expressing Emotion


Science & Tech  (tags: tears, cry, women, men, emotions, expressing, chemical, signals, influence, research )

Sandra
- 2962 days ago - nytimes.com
When we cry we may be doing more than expressing emotion. Our tears, according to striking new research, may be sending chemical signals that influence the behavior of other people



   

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Marti Williams (170)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 1:18 pm
Fascinating...we are still unlocking secrets about our bodies and the way we communicate...
 

Freya H (345)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 6:06 pm
There has to be some evolutionary advantage to "turning on the water works."
 

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 7:10 am
What purpose does this study serve? What a waste of research money!
 

Dotti L (85)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 8:54 am
Patricia, you are so right. I am a very sensitive person. I cry with some of the stories and videos on Care2 Watching T.V., I cry when there is a death, birth, wedding. Had to laugh at myself one time. On a Soap Opera, one of my favorite characters died. I cried. Then in the paper, read that she really did die and I sobbed.
 

Marilyn K (50)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 12:58 pm
People cry to relieve tension or identify with a situation, are happy, sad, fearful, angry, rejected, disappointed, tired, have lost something important or valuable and probably other reasons too.
 

Jane H (139)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 1:33 pm
I read long ago about a study done at the University of Minnesota that found that tears involve a chemical reaction that relieves emotional stress. Why must men always relate thing to sex (theirs)?
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 2:13 pm
This makes perfect sense.
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 3:33 pm
How interesting!
 

Gloria H (88)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 3:38 pm
So, if you ever are in a dangerous situation with a crazed man, cry your eyes out and he will let you go?
 

gloria c (7)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 8:45 pm
i just do it cause it feels good.
 

Edith B (146)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 9:02 pm
Surely there are important subjects to be researched. How about a cure for Alzheimers, or Parkinson's disease. This is a ridiculous waste of money for this study.
 

Roger G (148)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 12:40 pm
interesting report
 

Victoria S (19)
Monday January 10, 2011, 3:44 am
Crying is a reflex isn't it? Releasing emotions isn't really conciously communcating is it?
 

Justin R (0)
Monday January 10, 2011, 10:30 am
Crying can also be used to manipulate.

Agree with Edit B.
 

jane richmond (10)
Friday March 11, 2011, 7:12 pm
noted
 
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