Explaining the science behind tears
This week, one of the kids I work with described herself as a "cry baby." We talked a lot about what that meant to her. Why do we cry? Why do some people cry more than others? Is it bad to cry? It turns out tears are a fascinating and often helpful nervous system response to powerful emotions like hurt, disappointment, joy, sadness, and anger.
"The nervous system is responsible for allowing tears to flow and the experience of rest with special neurotransmitters governing this interaction. When the futility of something registers in the amygdala in the limbic system, it shifts gears in the nervous system and the parasympathetic system is activated. Tears may fall or disappointment and sadness will be experienced."
Dr. Deborah Macnamara's article on the science behind tears is definitely worth a read for parents and educators!