Crying is a natural human process and we all need to express our emotions whether they are of sadness or in some cases of happiness. However, it has been strongly believed that this is a symbol of weakness and because of that we ought to suppress it as hard as we can. This natural way of showing our feelings, pain or joy should not be subdued but in fact freely shown.
People are very often discouraged from showing their feelings making them to swallow their tears deep in the throat. Yet, some people cannot hold them back, especially when they are in a cinema or theatre, and these people are considered emotionally weak, not being able to curb their emotions.
This stereotype existed for many years, but thanks to the latest research this stereotype gets broken once and for all times. In fact, it has been revealed that these people that cry at a certain scene at cinema are much stronger emotionally than the ones that hold back. They are very empathic individuals that easily identify with other people fully understanding their feelings and motivations.
Empathy is very important for the development of a person’s character and mental state as it is a vital part in emotional intelligence. People that have the ability to show empathy are great leaders and highly successful individuals. These people are not emotionally weak, but on the contrary, mentally tough who know how to relate to other people and share their pain, grief, or happiness. In addition to all this, most of them reveal positive traits like high sociality and generosity.
Roger Ebert maintains the following:
“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.”
Having the ability to show empathy is like stepping into the shoes of the other person thus making us more open-minded. This emotion enables us to see the other reality more clearly thereby better understanding other individuals. This will make us more compassionate persons, especially in interactions with other people.
Hence, forget the established stereotypes and try to be more open-minded when you see someone crying while watching a movie. Judging others is probably the worst thing that you can do, and if you are feeling emotional in certain cases, do not hold back the tears, but let them fall without resentment.