Why Is Crying Beneficial?

Why Is Crying Beneficial? 

We’ve all experienced a “good cry”-whether following a breakup or just after a really stressful day, shedding some tears can often make us feel better and help us put things in perspective. But why is crying beneficial? And is there such a thing as a “bad cry”? University of South Florida psychologists Jonathan Rottenberg and Lauren M. Bylsma, along with their colleague Ad J.J.M. Vingerhoets of Tilburg University describe some of their recent findings about the psychology of crying in the December issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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The Crying Baby Translator

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Wouldn’t it be great to know why they are crying?

Pedro Monagas, an electronics engineer in Castellar del Valles, Spain (a village not far from Barcelona), reasoned that the epic crying spells of his newborn son, Alex, must be a language of their own. He studied Alex’s cries for a year, then spent three years touring nurseries, monitoring another 100 or so other infants, noting differences in the volume and frequency of cries, and the intervals between them. His invention, WhyCry, hit Spanish department and specialty stores, where it sells for 95 euros, in October.

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