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Will crying make you feel better? – Research of a thousand cries

In psychology research pertaining to crying, we generally see that people who are asked in retrospect how they felt after earlier instances of crying report positive changes in mood. This has led people to pass on the notion that crying is beneficial, and it is now conventional wisdom that crying is an important emotional release which is beneficial to our mental health. However, studies in the laboratory – such as having participants watch tear-jerkers and then report their mood – find that crying does not make them feel better. So what’s going on here? It turns out that these research methods were flawed to begin with, but recent research has shed light on this question.

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