9 Types Of Tears

9 Types Of Tears

Everyone cries, you can just admit that you do now. Have a little chuckle at the different types of crying.

One thing I have never been good at is crying. Not only am I not good at it, I am an ugly crier, and I will literally do anything to avoid crying- even if it means exercising for hours. I despise crying- period.

For any of you who read one of my previous articles about depression and anxiety, you know that I struggled with it. The antidepressants I was prescribed prevented me from crying altogether. This may sound weird, but antidepressants are not happy pills like everyone assumes, they just bring you to a medium where you are not sad, you're not happy, you are kind of just there. At first it makes a huge difference when you are extremely low emotionally, but long term, you end up feeling numb. When I finally decided (after consulting with a medical professional of course) that I no longer wanted or needed to take my antidepressants, all I did was cry and I wasn't able to understand why. It basically felt like I was emotionally constipated for weeks, and then I caught an emotional stomach bug.

After many, many boxes of tissues, and far too many introspective sessions about why I was crying, I discovered that there are many different types of cries, just in how they feel. I think the most important thing I have learned throughout my personal experience, and throughout writing this article is that crying is a normal response to many things. Crying is not reserved for women, emotional people, babies, or softies. Anyone can cry and its a great way to release an excess build up of strong emotions. Hopefully this will give you a lighthearted insight to my learning experience.

1. Sad Cry.

This is the most common type of cry. When you feel sad you let it out for however long, whether it be two minutes or two hours. At the end you feel rejuvenated and you can continue about your day, week, month relatively normal. It's like taking a really nice shower (in your own salty water....?) and you feel like a new person after.

2. The Sob.

The sob is this uncontrollable cry, accompanied by the lower lip making that awful sucking noise you wish you could stop, and that uncontrollable urge to breathe in like you are not getting enough air. I have only experienced this type of cry maybe two times total, and you will cringe to know that one of those times was when I watched the Lion King. I mean hopefully this isn't a spoiler alert to anyone, but I lose my cool every single time I watch Mufasa die.

3. The Dry Cry.

Yeah, I guess this is poorly named because this cry is not really dry, but it happens when you're so angry or frustrated that you cry. You are not really sad by any means, but your body is so overwhelmed with emotions you have no choice but to cry. Overall, you look pretty emotionally distraught and people know not to mess with you. You know who does a really good crazy angry cry? Taylor Swift.

4. The Shriek.

This is that scary cry, like the one you have when you learn that a loved one was lost. No noise, or tears, or air is really coming out. You are petrified and trying so hard to cry but if anything, only a little shriek has the ability to come out. This is the type of cry no one wants to experience, or see someone else experience. They are tiring, and hard to watch, kind of like if you muted a horror movie and watched the people scream, that's the gist of it.

5. The Marathon.

This is one of those cries that kind of goes hand in hand with any other cry, it just lasts like what seems to be forever. By the time your crying episode is over it feels like you just ran a marathon. You will probably need to eat a large pizza solo style, then sleep for at least a week to recover.

6. The Runny Nose.

Experiencing this type of cry is just weird. I'm pretty sure throughout the process your nose runs more than you actually cry. Be prepared because you will probably need a whole box of tissues.... maybe two.

7. The PMS.

While being emotional does not always mean a woman is having her period, but it is common for women to have a surge of hormones prior to menstruating that tend to make them more emotional. For me, I cry. And sometimes you find yourself sitting in your dorm room doing your organic chemistry homework, crying. Not because you are actually doing organic chemistry, but because you needed to randomly cry over how sad your post it note looked in that moment. And that's okay.

8. Crocodile Tears.

These are funny to watch because you know that they are not real. They are most commonly occurring in children, or that one really immature person you know, so they can get their way. But when you know they are fake, they can be kind of funny.

9. The Resurrection.

You let out an emotional cry and you are feeling really good, then something small comes around and you are crying all over again, thinking, really?.

If you are more scientific like me, you will be interested to know that scientists discovered that physically tears are composed different based on the emotion you are feeling when you cry. You can read more about that here. Crying is a very interesting response to a wide range of emotional or physical experiences. Just remember its okay to cry.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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13 Thoughts About Transferring To A New College

I have been asking myself if I should stay or go to a different school.


I have asked myself the question, "Should I transfer?", so many times. Don't get me wrong, I like NC State and all. However, I'm not entirely in love with it. In some ways, I don't really feel like I belong here because of the environment I'm in. Everything is 'go, go, go' and there's never a time to breathe and take in everything. Maybe it's because of my personality and all but I have tried to give it my all into trying to partake in the college experience. I mean, I have been justifying why I should just stick to NC State out for the entire four years. Then, I have those thoughts that I should transfer.

1.  College applications round two.

2. It's a hassle getting everything organized to transfer to a different school.

3. Money.

4. Will I even like the school that I transfer to? 

5. You have to start over and make new friends.

6. Maybe I'll grow to love NC State.

7. It feels so lonely here even though there are over 30,000 students.

8. I work better in a small environment.

9. I don't have a lot of friends.

10. It's so much harder to get opportunities here.

11. NC State doesn't have the major that I want.

12. My sister is going to be even farther away from me when she goes to college.

13. I feel like a freak sometimes because of my introverted self.

I might not be able to change my thoughts and the way I am but these two semesters has given me the opportunity to see if I want to stay. I don't have an answer yet but give me next year and I'll give you one.

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