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Big boys do cry. And that's no bad thing. Saturday June 29, 2013

There was a post recently about 'holding a poem in our body'. Here's one of the poem's I keep treasured in a golden nook of my mind written by Charles Mackay.

Oh you tears,
I'm thankful that you run.
Though you trickle in the darkness,
You shall glitter in the sun.
The rainbow could not shine if the rain refused to fall;
And the eyes that cannot weep are the saddest eyes of all.

Emotional tears differ chemically from tears caused by an irritant, such as an onion. According to biochemist Dr William Frey II, an expert on crying, emotional tears contain a greater concentration of protein than irritant induced tears do.

Now I'm no scientist and so I don't actually know what this means for our bodies. What does seem pretty certain however is that crying does seem to relieve emotional stresses such as grief and sorrow.

Squash down the tears often enough though and it becomes harder and harder to cry freely. Like the poem says-it's the eyes that cannot weep that are the saddest eyes of all.

I watch the film Bright Star when I need to unleash pent up tears.

So don't be afraid of tears and definitely don't apologise for them.

Henry Maudsley wisely said: The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.

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dtb200 Sat, Jun 29th 2013 @ 9:37am

Check out the lyrics to When a Man Cries by The Divine Comedy Sat, Jun 29th 2013 @ 9:51am

Great poem, great post - thanks for sharing.

Anonymous Sat, Jun 29th 2013 @ 10:19am

I agree, crying is very therapeutic. And I've never had a problem with my own or someone else's tears. I have a colleague who once got very upset at work while we were having a conversation. She was rightly very upset by something that had happened, but all the time kept apologising to me and berating herself for "being weak". I found her assessment of her tears as a sign of weakness very sad.

Anonymous Sat, Jun 29th 2013 @ 10:41am

I think this is probably one of the best posts I have read on Moodscope, so thanks. Good to remind ourselves that crying is a natural, normal and necessary function.

Suzy Sat, Jun 29th 2013 @ 3:07pm

Hey, thank you for sharing this. What powerful lyrics. I've just downloaded the tune. So touching.

Anonymous Sun, Jun 30th 2013 @ 12:19am

I definitely agree that to let the tears flow is a good thing. Sometimes in the mornings I feel so full of fear and dread about things ahead of me, and I become tense as I hold in those feelings. But then if I let myself cry it is a huge relief and is very cathartic, I will cry for a bit, perhaps write down what I'm thinking/feeling/panicking about, then I begin to calm down as I imagine what my therapist would say, and then I find I'm able to carry on. The fear and dread is still there a little, but I can cope with it.

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