I remember the first time I saw a film, and I’m even less ashamed of what I turned up for.
People who cry during the film tend to have something that many others don’t really cultivate: empathy. It is actually the ability to recognize and understand the situation, feelings and motivation of another person. It has to do with putting yourself in the shoes of others and looking at things from their perspective.
Without the slightest trace of empathy, however, many people are born without empathy and live without empathy and cannot really feel for other people. It takes a special type of person to have that empathy, and that is one of the most important qualities of a strong person.
When we feel empathy, it means that we are strong enough to actually feel what others are feeling, and that is my conviction. In general, this means that we can also feel pain, and that says a lot, because it takes a lot of strength to accept the pain of others.
Research shows that 92% of people have cried during at least one film, and if you are interested in another person, even if that person is a fictional character, you should not be ashamed of it. It comforts me to know that I am not the only person who has ever cried while seeing Bambi, Braveheart or the notebook. In fact, more than half of people in the US cry during the film, according to a study by the University of California, Berkeley.
Films are designed to affect us emotionally, so they have a greater chance of success, and it is therefore not our fault that we cry during the film.
When we watch a highly emotional film, we release oxytocin, a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in our brain, and release it in response to social cues such as the presence of a friend, family member, or work colleague. Oxytocin make us more sensitive to the social cue, and when the other seems to need help, it motivates us to work for the help of others.
While you cry during a movie, you realize that this is just the movie and you can easily recover after watching it. So go to the movies, laugh and cry, it’s good for your brain and it could motivate you to make positive changes in your life and the lives of others, says Dr. Michael J. Dolan, professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego.
People who cry during the film are able to separate fiction from reality, and this ability says something about people. Whether it’s the death of a character, a scene in a movie or where the character is, we shed a few tears. There is nothing stronger than tears of remembrance that hurt you, no matter how small or large.
Other tears can simply be the result of an overwhelming sense of artistic genius, and some are called Stendhal syndrome. This means that they also have physical and emotional symptoms, but they are not the same as those who cry during a film.
Tears are the result of the human body’s natural response to pain, stress and stressors. Many of us reach for the tissue, but tears are a beautiful manifestation of strength and reach – out of emotion.
If we never neglect our emotions and carry these feelings with us, we will never experience tears, but crying is good for us.
Stress can ultimately have a negative impact on our physical health, so it can be very helpful to reduce stress. Tears are vital for lubricating our eyelids and eyeballs and give us vision and strength, figuratively and literally. Even when we do not cry, we could see through our tears, which helps us to keep our eyes open. This not only helps with eye movements, but also often gives us a mood boost and relieves anxiety, depression, anxiety disorders and other stressors.
So next time you want to cry while watching a movie, hold on and embrace your tears, not just for a moment, but for the rest of your life.