Q1: About how often do you have occassion to cry? (Sample size=502)
Once a week or more 11.4% 6.8% 16.5% Once a month 24.9% 16.5% 34.3% Once every three months 15.7% 15.4% 16.1% Once every six months 11.8% 10.5% 13.1% Once every nine months 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% Once a year 14.3% 18.4% 9.7% Less than that 21.5% 32.0% 9.7%
Art by Mukkun
Q2: What kind of emotion most often causes you to cry? (Sample size=502)
Being moved 59.8% 65.4% 53.4% Sadness 17.3% 14.7% 20.3% Bitterness 6.2% 4.5% 8.1% Joy 5.4% 7.1% 3.4% Harshness 3.8% 0.8% 7.2% Anger 2.0% 1.1% 3.0% Other 5.6% 6.4% 4.7%
“Harshness” could also be interpreted as “spiciness” as they share the same kanji, but I don’t think curry is an emotional experience.
Art by Kieta
Q3: What most often causes you to cry? (Sample size=502)
|Participating in an event||1.6%||2.3%||0.8%|
Art by CLAMP
Q4: When crying, do you hold back the tears or sobs? (Sample size=502)
Always hold back 24.1% 27.8% 19.9% Usually hold back 46.0% 38.0% 55.1% Sometimes hold back 18.5% 20.3% 16.5% Never hold back 11.4% 13.9% 8.5%
Art by Bunnymenjdno
Q5: Do you relieve stress when you cry? (Sample size=502)
Completely relieve 14.3% 10.2% 19.1% Relieve a little 49.4% 44.7% 54.7% Don’t relieve 36.3% 45.1% 26.3%
Art by Kitsuta
Source: What Japan Thinks
- On average men cry once every month, 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).
- Tears produced during emotional crying have a chemical composition which differs from other types of tears. They contain significantly greater quantities of hormones prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, Leu-enkephalin and the elements potassium and manganese.
- William H. Frey II, a biochemist at the University of Minnesota, proposed that people feel “better” after crying, due to the elimination of hormones associated with stress, specifically adrenocorticotropic hormone.
Action-based coping involves actually dealing with a problem that is causing stress. Examples can include getting a second job in the face of financial difficulties, or studying to prepare for exams. Examples of action-based coping include planning, suppression of competing activities, confrontation, self-control, and restraint.
Emotion-based coping skills reduce the symptoms of stress without addressing the source of the stress. Sleeping or discussing the stress with a friend are all emotion-based coping strategies. Other examples include denial, rationalization, repression, wishful thinking, distraction, relaxation, reappraisal, and humor. There are both positive and negative coping methods.
Harmful coping methods
Some coping methods are more like habits than skills, and can be harmful. Overused, they may actually worsen one’s condition. Alcohol, cocaine and other drugs may provide temporary escape from one’s problems, but, with excess use, ultimately result in greater problems. Other less extreme cases involve skin biting, nail biting, and hair pulling.