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Tears of Crying

Updated on July 2, 2017

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Tears are stimulated by the autonomic nervous system.

A baby's cry: When not forced into it, a baby's cry is a developmental occurrence. Not being able to speak, their cry lets them know they are experiencing a sensory active part of their world and the results of their cries.

The Phenomenon: Crying knows no race, creed or color. Neither does it cater only to the poor or the wealthy. It is a natural occurrence for us all. Crying can be the result of extreme happiness, sadness, pleasure or pain. It helps us endure, get through or find relief from that which caused the crying episode in the first place. Lacrimate is the medical terminology for the secretion of tears.

Crying may be vocalized (as in a cry for help) and may occur with or without tears. It has been found that tears due to emotional responses contain an increased composition of the hormones and elements found in tears. This natural process of tear production are the glands (lacrimal) way of moistening and cleansing (salt content) the eyes. Tears flow from the glands (upper eyelids), through the tear ducts and may stream down the face.

Types of tears:

*Reflex tears are the production of tears when the eyes are irritated (aka irritant tears). Causes are from chopping onions, peppers, or the invasion of dust and other pollutants entering the eyes.

*Emotional tears are produced from an overwhelming sense of joy/happiness or profound sorrow, grief or sadness.

*Basal tears: keeps the eyes moist all through the day and night.

Certain illnesses can have a negative effect on tear production such as Sjoren's Syndrome or lupus, which can result in dry eyes or damage to the eyes and the need for artificial stimulation to produce tears.

Dreaming of Tears: The 'Dream Interpretation Dictionary' says: "To dream that you are in tears, denotes that some affliction will soon envelope you. To see others shedding tears, foretells that your sorrows will affect the happiness of others." A prophetic interpretation, on the other hand, may reveal something altogether different. Dreaming that you are in tears could mean you are healing and/or overcoming a rough period in your life. Seeing others cry could mean that person actually has reason to shed tears. Whether these interpretations are accepted as truth, or not, even in our sleep we may dream of people or situations that affect us emotionally, which can cause us to cry even as we sleep/dream. Tear production occurs throughout all of the day and night (basal tears). To be able to cry, whether we are happy, sad, awake or asleep, is an indication that we are functioning properly.

Emotional tears
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When frequent crying is accompanied by depression, therapy/counseling may be necessary. There is nothing to fear in speaking with your physician for guidance and a possible referral and/or prescription to receive the necessary help.

Give some thought to the following quotes:

“I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry. ”By Cat Stevens

“Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it. ” By Albert Smith

“Why waste your tears on someone who makes you cry?” By Kirsten Dunst

The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops.The same is true of the laugh. ”By Samuel Beckett – Irish author known for his play “Waiting for Godot”

“When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance, he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.” By Horace Mann, US educator


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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Support Med.,

      Great read! Voted UP and all the buttons. Loved this informative hub. So interesting. And the research you put into this was amazing. You are a true talent. And Im now following you. Happy New Year! I invite you to check my hubs if you need a good laugh. And I extend that invitation for you to follow me. That would be so great. Keep up the great work. Highest Regards, Kenneth Avery, from Hamilton, a small northwest Alabama town (two hours west of Birmingham) that looks like Mayberry, the sweet little town on the old Andy Griffith Show.

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      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interest article, I learned a few things about tears I didn't know, thanks for sharing.

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I agree Odin, I see no reason for men to not cry, especially when it helps to release any negative emotions. Thanks for visiting and reading this hub. Have a great day.

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      7 years ago

      I cry it is a release we all need, we have highs and lows in our life, the tear is way to cope with loss or Joy. Who said Men cant Cry...I am a Man and I cry when I need to, it is healthy to keep ones balance of our emotions.

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Lady_E: Glad you stopped by! And glad you found this hub interesting. Have a great evening.

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting to read.

      What an eye opener.

      I like emotional, happy Tears. :)

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for stopping by prasetio30, and I agree, it's best to cry when you can't hold it in - better for the heart. Have a wonderful day.

      Ms. Patty Inglish,MS: So glad you came for a visit. And you found this hub inspirational as well, thanks for your comments and hope you have an enchanting day.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      This is an inspirational and interesting Hub, so I shared it as well as rating Up and more. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I should crying if my heart say that I must crying, I can't hold this. Thank you very much writing about this. Very inspiring. I love it. Vote up!



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