Can you picture Ronda Rousey, the $6.5 million- per- year UFC champion, before a fight? Do you think she crushes all around her? In fact, far from that.
These are her own words:
“When I’m about to fight, I’m the most emotional. Like my last fight, I like totally cried the day before that.”
You should not be surprised, as crying is a normal human reaction to different situations, and numerous of the strongest and most influential people in the world have publicly cried, such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and President Obama.
Psychologists claim that opposite to our beliefs, crying is, in fact, a sign of mental strength.
Here are several facts which support this:
1 – Crying indicates that you know how to manage stress before it breaks you
Crying will help you relieve the stress that has accumulated and significantly damages your overall health.
2 – Crying indicates A Lack of Concern for Social Expectations
As we previously stated, numerous strong people in the history cried in front of the public. Many of these were against social expectations. Yet, the society often stigmatizes genders when crying, and women are considered to be dramatic and crazy, while men are believed to be weak. Yet, crying is a sign that the person is not afraid to deal with the strong emotions even if it means putting social conventions aside.
3 – Crying shows that you are not afraid of emotions
Crying is a way to confront anger, frustration, sadness, and disappointment. This is often hard, as confronting the emotions, especially when they are negative, can be hard, and it takes bravery and strength. It is much easier just to suppress emotions.
4 – Crying makes you a leader
In most cases, crying liberates people around you. For instance, if you are all in the same difficult situation, the others will understand the message that it is perfectly alright to show emotions, and they won’t fear your judgment. This puts you in a superior position.
Furthermore, the following video will provide some additional information on the benefits of crying: