Human beings are meant to feel joy, sadness, pain, and any other emotion. But, it seems that expressing your emotions is not a good characteristic and because of that we all try to withhold them. This particularly refers to crying which is considered to be a sign of weakness. Hence, we are taught as children that we should hide our feelings, especially if we feel like crying.
Crying is not something to be ashamed of; it is simply a way of expressing our feelings when we are sad or happy. We can sometimes cry when feeling empathy for some other person thus experiencing their emotions and showing sympathy towards them.
When we feel pain it is normal to cry as in that way we are releasing our pain and for a moment we experience some relief. Yet, due to social principles we should hide our tears and whenever we feel like crying we keep them down in our throat.
Although this stereotype still persists there are people that simply cannot hold back when they are in the cinema or theatre. These people are not emotionally weak; in fact, they can be even stronger than from the person who always holds back.
Roger Ebert comments about this phenomenon:
“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.”
These people have a highly developed sense of empathy and can easily identify with other people, and by doing so, they try to understand their feelings and motivations.
Empathy is a characteristic trait of a person’s emotional intelligence, and it is of great value. It is recognized in highly successful individuals and great leaders. Empathic people are mentally strong people that have the ability to relate to another human being sharing its pain, grief, or happiness. This makes them good people that everyone likes.
In addition to this, they are more generous and sociable as they can easily step into the shoes of another person and that makes them open-minded and understanding individuals.
Hence, when you notice someone in the theatre crying, then know that this is an emotionally strong person and if you also feel like crying do not hold back as there is nothing shameful in expressing your feelings.