Interesting Facts About Crying: Nonverbal Form Of Communication

Our body is literally a miracle. It performs thousands of different processes at the same time, every second of every day, just like an automatic machine. Except- it’s much more intelligent than any machine. Every duct, gland, and organ carries out a particular function for an excellent reason.
Everybody cries no matter if we freely admit it or not. The reasons why we cry are numerous and varied. Psychologists, scientists, and anthropologists have studied this topic in depth and have come up with several surprising facts.
The question of the origin or function of emotional tears remains open. Various theories have developed, ranging from the simple explanation, such as response to inflicted pain, to the more complex, including nonverbal communication to provoke altruistic behavior from others.
For crying to be described as sobbing, it often has to be accompanied by some other symptoms, like irregular instances of breath holding, slow but erratic inhalation and muscular tremor.
Tears produced due to strong emotions have a chemical composition that varies from other types of tears. They contain considerably higher quantities of the hormones adrenocorticotropic, prolactin, Leu-enkephalin, and the elements manganese and potassium.
Men tend to cry for 2-4 minutes, and women cry for nearly six minutes. Crying turns into sobbing for females in 65 percent of cases, compared to only 6 percent for males. However, until adolescence, no difference between the sexes can be determined. Here are top 10 interesting facts about crying:
1. The reasons for females crying more often than males are largely biological. Females have 60 percent more prolactin hormone in their bodies than males. Prolactin is a protein which affects the endocrine system and may cause females to cry more often than males.
Females also have smaller tear ducts than males that mean their tears spill over more readily and, therefore, are more visible than males’ tears.
2. Scientists believe that emotional tears may be an evolutionary adaptation. Tears can elicit empathy or help from other humans. They can nurture a sense of unity among a group of individuals mourning the similar loss. There is also a theory which predators could’ve helped protect human beings from the predators.
3. Some animals shed tears too! All vertebrates (animals with the backbones) which spend time on land have incessant tears and possibly reflex tears. Human beings are the only animals which seem to cry for the emotional reasons, even though some reports indicates that elephants shed tears in grief.
4. When cut, onions always release an enzyme which causes the formation of an airborne chemical which irritates the eyes. New Zealand researchers have come up with a tearless onion by inhibiting the gene which produces this enzyme, though it isn’t commercially available.
5. A study carried out at Tilburg University in Netherlands suggests that women in the richer economies cry more than women in, poorer economies. This is believed to be linked in some way to the fact that most of those women in the poorer economies usually have minimal rights.
6. ‘Good’ crying actually can assist you to feel better. Crying can be a perfect means to catharsis since it assists you release any tensions and find peace or come up with new resolutions about the reason behind your tears. Good cries are usually associated with another individual soothing the crier.
7. ‘Bad’ crying can make you feel even worse. Often, crying can make any person worse due to dry eyes, resulting headaches (from tense muscles and dehydration), and even stuffy noses. These side effects overshadow cathartic benefits particularly amongst chronically-depressed criers who’re not crying about one particular thing.
8. People cry for three main reasons. When many of us think about crying, emotional tears come to our mind. Those are the merciful happy tears or the horrible sobbing ones. However, there are some other two types of tears (both classified as ‘lacrimal’), Reflex and Basal.
The latter type cleans and lubricates eyes to protect vision. The latter are associated with the environmental irritations such as pollen (through the chemical irritant Syn-propanethial-S-oxide) or onions. Lacrimal tears are vital to clean out the debris so you can see well.
9. Your nose stops up when you cry since excess tears come out of it. Your eyes can only hold about 14 microliters of tears, and an intense crying session results in the serious overflow. The extra tears flood your nasal passages that create a stuffy and/or a runny nose.
10. Even when you aren’t crying, your body produces one to two microliters worth of tears. You do not notice most of this amount since they’re blinked away as the basal tears. In fact, some of the tears are rerouted down your throat as your body operates on autopilot mechanism.

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