Friday, January 23, 2009

A commonly spread lie

Anyone ever said to you, "I feel better after I've cried" or "Crying is incredibly therapeutic" or something similar and equally ridiculous?

Crying does not make you feel better. It is not therapy.

I have a headache.


  1. I'm sorry you've been crying, friend. I'm sending you a hug right now.

    And crying gives me a headache, too. :)

  2. I'm sorry someone (or something) made you cry. :-(

    I'm thinking the people that spread that fallacy need to be more specific about how it makes them feel better. Physically? No. Not even. Only if the definition of "better" means headache, puffy eyes, snotty nose, and therefore a stuffy head. I think it makes one feel better (sometimes) on an emotional level. Crying is cathartic. You feel better emotionally, but sometimes it's overshadowed by the physical side-effects.