Psychological Theories Of Crying

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I run into my room and slam the door. I stomp my feet and punch the pillow. I want to break something, I have a deep urge to destroy. I take pages from my notebooks and shred them and discard the remains. Tears begin to stream down my face. They are hot and angry. I become angry at myself for crying, it only slows me down, it makes me feel weak when I want to be powerful. My breath is heavy and forceful. I am seething. I feel like there is a small bit of me that is always angry, like a pilot light just waiting to be used to light me all up...

Crying has been defined as a “complex phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without no irritation of the ocular structures". The function of crying has been researched and studied for centuries and there are still many unknowns and generalizations. Many believe that it is away for the body to relieve stress and to rid itself of toxins. Some recent psychological theories of crying discuss the relationship of crying and perceived helplessness. For example, a person may cry after receiving surprisingly happy news because the person feels powerless to influence what is happening. Some argue that this appearance of helplessness as a way to show appeasement and attachment. It has been proven by multiple studies that women
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But it is still there like the buzz in the room from the radiator it is small but constant. All of my friends saw the show the night before, so my motivation to do extraordinarily well has dimmed. My parents are already in the auditorium. They plan on the seeing show every night. They do it to encourage me and show support but I just feel like it is a burden. We meekly offer encouragements to each other as we wait in the cafeteria. The curtain is going up soon. And then I hear my name. I turn around slowly. “Kiera!” I shout almost involuntarily. The excitement and shock has shot out of

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