From Sorrow to Growth: Investigating the Role of Crying in Therapy

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Lakdawala, Amby (Amreen)
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Crying is a complex behavior that can serve several different purposes. While it is mostly used as a way to express emotions, the Biopsychosocial model of crying suggests that there is more to it than that. Gender, age, personality traits, cultural norms, past experiences with trauma and even biological factors such as hormone production can help explain why we cry the way we do. The purpose of this capstone project is to help therapists better understand the different contexts in which crying occurs, as well as how to evaluate a patient's crying and how to respond to it in a way that is helpful. For that purpose, the research on crying from years past has been comprehensively analyzed and summarized in this capstone project. This paper seeks to provide therapists with a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted nature of crying and its potential as a therapeutic tool.
crying , tears , therapy , mental health
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