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Volume 19, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235


Reactions to crying: Support or disapproval?

Reactions to crying: Support or disapproval?

A.H. Fisher, Gedrag & Organisatie, Volume 19, November 2006, nr. 4, pp. 403-421

Although crying may elicit positive reactions, such as support and consoling, evaluations of crying persons, especially men, seem often negative. Two studies examined the way in which male and female tears are evaluated in different contexts. Study 1 showed that respondents evaluated their own crying at work more negatively than crying in more intimate settings. Men evaluated their own crying especially negative in domains related to their masculine identity. The second study confirmed this difference between work-related and relation-related crying and also showed that respondents think that men's crying at work is even less appropriate than women's crying at work. Men are, however, assumed to cry less and thus, if they cry, they are considered to be less competent and confident in comparison to crying women.


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