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Why Do I Cry When I Get Mad?

People have different responses to anger, some people shout and yell, and others cry. Sabrina Romanoff PsyD, a clinical psychologist and professor at Yeshiva university says ” Crying is in fact a very common response to anger as anger is often the result of feelings of hurt or sadness”. Anger can bring out many emotions, hostility and aggression, and also depression and sadness. “It can be easier to express anger initially, rather than the vulnerability that comes with acknowledging and displaying dejection,” says Romanoff. 

Reasons You Cry When You Get Mad

  • Aggression
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Criticism

There are some benefits to crying when you’re mad. These benefits include self soothing and coping with intense emotions. Crying also helps you to focus on your breathing which helps in decreasing your heart rate. A disadvantage to crying can be that it may be perceived as weakness in situations you don’t want the other person to know your feelings. It is important to embrace your emotions in a safe space, crying is not a sign of weakness, your emotions are valid. When your crying becomes profound or uncontrollable you can help to calm down by taking deep slow breaths. When you focus on deep breathing you are able to control the situation a bit better.


It’s ok to embrace your emotions, crying is not a sign of weakness. Embracing your emotions helps you to have control over the situation, regulate your breathing, and also calm down your heart rate. When you have control over your emotions you are able to communicate in a way that it not feeding anger.



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