Most of us find women cry more than men do. Even for a simple thing, such as watching movies or reading novels, women can cry ’till their eyes get swollen. What about men..? Men scarcely have tears on their cheeks even though they are facing some terrible and unbearable problems plus a sorrowful sadness. What exactly is behind all this..? What are the reasons women have tears more often than men do..?
To cry or weep is to shed tears as a response to an emotional state in humans. The act of crying has been defined as “a complex secretomotor phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular structures”. The medical term for this is to lacrimate, which also refers to non-emotional shedding of “tears”.
A neuronal connection between the lacrimal gland (tear duct) and the areas of the human brain involved with emotion was established. No other animals are thought to produce tears in response to emotional states, although this is disputed by some scientists.
Psychologically, women’s hearts are much softer and far more sensitive than men. Men are known for having the heart as hard as steel. It is true that this doesn’t mean men don’t cry, but the frequent of women crying is much higher. Ironically, this is because men pretend or even try their best to hold their tears which is going to roll on their cheeks as they feel ashamed. According to men, crying is done only by women and not men. On the contrary, women without any shame cry whenever they want.
According to a study of over 300 adults, on average, men cry once every month, and women cry at least five times per month, especially before and during the menstrual cycle, when crying can increase up to 5 times the normal rate, often without obvious reasons (such as depression or sadness). In many cultures, it is more socially acceptable for women and children to cry, and less socially acceptable for men to cry.
Tears produced during emotional crying have a chemical composition which differs from other types of tear: they contain significantly greater quantities of hormones prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, Leu-enkephalin and the elements potassium and manganese.