Why Crying During A Movie Means You're Mentally Tough

There's a big stereotype that crying makes you weak. However, it's time to rethink that perception because crying actually means you are mentally strong.

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It means you're an empath. Empathy is a fancy word for understanding other people's feelings. If you find yourself crying while watching a movie, it means you relate to what the character is going through. Even if you know it's just an actor on a set, the emotions are real to you. Empathy is a sign of strength because emotions can be draining. Crying is therefore both a sign of release and recognition. The ability to relate to others will only bring you success in life.

It means you have command over your emotions.

Research shows that crying during movies is actually a good thing. People who cry have qualities beyond empathy: they are extroverted, feminine, have strong self-esteem, and also have experience with stress. Extroversion may surprise you as one of those qualities.

Why? People who are extroverts have higher levels of awareness about what they're feeling. They also respect themselves more because they're more likely to "put themselves out there," even if it means crying while watching a movie. It's a symbol of strength. If you're an extrovert, you're not afraid to shed some tears at an emotional part of a movie. Extroverts also take charge to become leaders.

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You're stronger than you think if you cry at the movies. It also puts you at an advantage. Not only are you deeply aware of your own emotions, you can "read" emotions in other people, too.

You're better able to pick friends wisely and see through lies. You're also a creative soul since you truly immerse yourself in a movie.

Are you watching an emotional movie and feel yourself getting "misty-eyed"? Go ahead and don't be afraid to let those tears fall! It gets you in touch with your feelings and increases your mental strength.

What do you think, does crying during movies really mean you're strong? Show this to a friend or family member who always chokes up during Titanic!