Why Try (Not) to Cry: Intra- and Inter-Personal Motives for Crying Regulation

  title={Why Try (Not) to Cry: Intra- and Inter-Personal Motives for Crying Regulation},
  author={Gwenda Simons and Martin Bruder and Ilmo van der L{\"o}we and Brian Parkinson},
  booktitle={Front. Psychology},
This article discusses inter- and intra-personal motives for the regulation of crying, and presents illustrative findings from an online survey (N = 110) exploring why and how people regulate crying in their everyday lives. In line with current theorizing on emotion regulation and crying (e.g., Vingerhoets et al., 2000), we propose that emotional crying is regulated using both antecedent-focused techniques targeting the underlying emotion and response-focused techniques targeting the act of… CONTINUE READING
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