Has anyone ever wondered why people cry when they are sad? Well, I always wonder about things. People say that I’m a dawdler, but that’s because they don’t realise that whilst I plod along behind, I’m wondering, observing and dreaming. That is my key to success. People want to know how to be inspired in poetry, wonder, wander, observe and dream.
Anyhow, about tears and why we cry, I decided to do some research. There are three types of tears: Reflex tears, basal tears and physic tears.
Reflex tears are what you cry when you get an irritant substance in your eyes. For example, onion acid. These tears try to wash it out.
You cry basal tears constantly. They wash over your eyes, protecting them and stopping them from drying out. There is salt in our watery tears that kills any harmful bacteria.
Physic tears are what I really wanted to learn about. You cry these when you feel a very strong emotion such as sadness.
There are different theories about how this works and what the point of theses tears are, but nothing is scientifically proven. Some people think that the tear gland, located just below your eyebrow, is connected to a section in your brain that feels emotions.
Others think that tears are a signal of distress that we send out to get sympathy and help from other humans. Animals don’t have physic tears though, so why do we? People think it is because we want to send the signal without letting out a scream that would allow our ( animal) predators to see that we are afraid and weakening.
I don ‘t know what I believe!
I decided to do a drawing project on tears and crying.