How to Stop Yourself From Crying

Crying is entirely normal and healthy, but many of us don’t want to cry in front of other people. When we don’t want to cry in front of other people, is there anything we can do to save face?

Ad Vingerhoets, the author of “Why Only Humans Weep: Unravelling the Mysteries of Tears,” said that there are two distinct components to crying: sounds of vocal distress and the production of tears. Dr. Vingerhoets, a professor of clinical psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, said that distress calls are common among human and animal infants, a product of evolution alerting parents to their offspring’s location and discomfort.

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