January 11, 2013

Why Do We Cry?

Michael Trimble, The Daily Beast

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Over time there has been much speculation about the purpose served by emotional crying. A problem with these theories is that they remain largely theories, entangled with the complexities of the over-determined nature of any individual act of crying. Ancient ideas that held that tears were one way to get rid of bad humors continue to surface.

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TAGGED: Emotions, Eyes, Physiology, Crying


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