Monday, September 28, 2009

A Good Cry

I was talking to a counselor friend of mine the other day and we were talking about the emotional toll of working with people who are in tough situations. Eventually, he said, he will come to a point where he is so emotionally exhausted that he will call his wife and ask her to rent a really sad movie. He said he does this because he needs "a good cry" and the movie helps him to do this. Once he cries, he's able to feel along with his clients again and he is all good - able to feel emotionally again and not stuck in the numbness of vicarious trauma.

What do you think of this self-care technique? Is sometimes a good cry all you need? I'm also wondering how many guys do this (or something similar) . . .


Anonymous said...

I do that.

However, I've been told that's emotional pornography...what do you think of that!


Anonymous said...

a good cry can feel good, that i agree with, but i don't induce it that way. When it's ready, it will come.

Jay Boaz said...

I don't think I've ever induced crying before; I have been driven to tears during a shift in the restaurant industry, as have many in the industry, but I don't know that it's the same thing.

Lindsey Dueck said...

Sometimes a good cry is all I need. And it usually takes a very small thing to start it. But when it happens Eric thinks I have lost my mind! I always feel so much better after!

Mark said...

Haylee: emotional pornography? That is an awesome word to describe something I've wondered about for a long time - thank you!
Jay: What happened at OG that made you cry? Don't think I heard that story before.

Jobina said...

most of the time, the crying just comes when it needs too. But I remember one time feeling so pent up with so many emotions and I just felt like I was going to explode, so I bought 2 sad movies and cried my eyes out! So much better!

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