Is crying a self-soothing behavior?

  title={Is crying a self-soothing behavior?},
  author={Asmir Gra{\vc}anin and Lauren M Bylsma and Ad Vingerhoets},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
This contribution describes the current state-of-the-art of the scientific literature regarding the self-soothing effects of crying. Starting from the general hypothesis that crying is a self-soothing behavior, we consider different mechanisms through which these effects may appear. In the first section, we briefly explain the main functions of human crying. Then we define self-soothing in terms of homeostatic processes of mood regulation and stress reduction and we underline the importance of… CONTINUE READING
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