Psychologists say that crying is a sign of mental strength. This is what crying means:
- You are not afraid of emotions – if you cry, then you confront your feelings, whether it is sadness, disappointment, frustration, or anger. It is not easy to confront your emotions. It is much easier to short suppress them, especially when they are negative. If you do the opposite thing, it requires strength, courage, and ability to look inwards.
- It shows a lack of concern for social expectations – a lot of strong people, and those famous ones like Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King Jr. went against social expectations, choosing to do what was frowned upon at the time. Crying will not get you imprisoned or killed, but it does remain frowned upon in society. Men who cry are believed to be weak and unmanly, while women who cry are often called crazy and dramatic. However crying means that you are not afraid to put social convention aside if that would mean dealing with your overwhelming emotions. And that is strength.
- It makes you a leader – if you openly cry, you free people who are around you. This is true if your tears are in response to a shared circumstance. If, for instance, you receive some upsetting news, and you decide to be strong and shed the first tear, the others will do the same. They will feel free to shoe their emotions, too. You make yourself a leader, a person that others won’t fear judgments from.
- It is showing that you are aware of the offload stress before it breaks you – strength in people is about much more than hardiness. Before it becomes destructive, a good and sturdy structure relieves stress effectively. There is no difference with a strong person. Crying, for many people, relieves built up stress which can easily become damaging if not dealt properly.