Random Thought: Do Cry Babies Win?

27 May

It doesn't look quite so precious when you're pushing 40.

At the airport Monday, I was struck by the number of crying children who were old enough to speak and communicate their needs, but instead wailed.

Instead of getting irritated and leveling the parents with a deadly gaze, I instead wondered: Is crying a natural human reaction that we simply are conditioned away from by societal pressure?

Recently I’ve been under a lot of stress and while I’m not typically a crier, the thought of just sobbing when I hit my limit seems like it would be very cathartic. I am considering field-testing this with difficult clients, demanding colleagues, exhausting friends, slow-moving strangers, and anyone who happens to cross my path when I need to pee.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

5 Responses to “Random Thought: Do Cry Babies Win?”

  1. foresightyourctpsychic May 27, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    From what I understand, one of the functions of crying is to release toxins that build up in our body when we’re stressed.

    So there is a non-wimpy reason for crying when life is hard…


  2. Alicia May 27, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Did you ever see Holly Hunter in Broadcast News? She scheduled a daily cry to relieve stress. Makes sense to me.

  3. Guidry May 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    I sobbed just reading this.

  4. popdialectic May 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Punching is also a natural human reaction that would remove the obstacles you list in Paragraph 3.

  5. Paul May 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    A child’s crying can signal hunger, colic, or a painful boo-boo. But I usually limit my crying to reacting election resuls …

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