It is not unexpected that some of us have noticed that crying has come a little more easily these days given that crying is a natural human response to strong emotions and many of us have been experiencing more intense emotions than we may be used to during the coronavirus crisis. According to Professor Hudson, sobbing typically occurs at the pinnacle of a powerful emotion such as sadness, frustration, happiness, or love, except than while one is cutting onions or in bodily pain.
We are more prone to experience strong emotions right now—during the coronavirus pandemic, she says—particularly anxiety. “People may be sobbing more because we’re experiencing more emotion than usual,” said the speaker. According to several experts, humans are the only animals that weep when they are upset, and most believe that this is because we are such social beings.
The primary function of weeping, according to Associate Professor Eric Vanman, who studied sobbing at the University of Queensland, appears to be to let others know that we need their assistance. Others don’t like the frequently untidy act as much. That is understandable given that it can cause headaches, swollen eyes, blotchy skin, and the ruination of perfectly placed cosmetics.
So, is it beneficial to cry right now? And given that it’s a period when we can find ourselves crying more frequently, should those of us who aren’t fans of it learn to control our emotions?