During our entire life, we are being discouraged to freely or publicly display our emotions, and we are being told that crying is a sign of weakness and a reason for shame.
Yet, crying is our body’s natural way to respond to strong pain, sadness, and joy. Over time, we learn to swallow tears and express ourselves in a more “socially- acceptable” manner.
Those people who struggle to hold back their tears when at the cinema or in a theatre are often considered to be emotionally weak. Let’s just say that these stereotypes must be broken.
People who are bold enough to show emotions in public might just be highly empathic and compassionate, able to identify with others, understanding their feelings and motivations.
Empathy is a crucial aspect of emotional intelligence, and this ability is prominent among great leaders and highly successful individuals.
Empaths are mentally tough and know how to relate to others and share their pain, grief, or happiness. Moreover, they are often very generous and sociable.
When we step into a character’s shoes and envision a different reality, we develop into more open-minded and understanding individuals, and become increasingly compassionate in our interactions with others.
Roger Ebert explains:
“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.”
Therefore, next time you feel like crying or see someone crying while watching a movie, take these things in mind and stop judging. Moreover, if you find it deeply emotional too, do not hold back the waterworks, and feel free to shed a tear!
The article was initially published with a headline: “People Who Cry During Movies Are The Strongest People Of All”. Yet, we agree that it might be too strong of a claim that has not been scientifically proven, so we mitigated it by saying that being emotional is a common trait of compassionate and empathic people.
Therefore, despite the elimination of false data, we also modified the content to clarify things, so this updated version contains corrected and reliable information.