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Why do we start crying when emotional?

Apr 18, 2015 18:05 IST

    Q. Why do we start crying when emotional?

    Ans. Crying can be scientifically defined as the shedding of your tears in response to an emotional state; very different from “lacrimation”, which is the non-emotional shedding of tears. Mental causes can cover just about any type of strong emotion, from sadness to happiness. In these situations, your brain senses these emotions and tells your lacrimal glands to produce lots of tears. Actually studies have shown that emotional tears contain more manganese, an element that affects temperament, and more prolactin, a hormone that regulates milk production. Sobbing out manganese and prolactin is thought to relieve tension by balancing the body’s stress levels and eliminating build ups of the crier feel better.

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