Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Types of Crying

True or false: You want to give every person you see crying a big hug?

If you chose “True,” you’re a dirty liar. But don’t feel bad—We’ve all experienced the urge to slap some sense in to some sense into a crying figure, we just feel guilty expressing it. But why? Are they ugly criers? Is there something in their tone? Do I see a hint of drool? Or maybe we’re just assholes.

Allow me to put that last statement to rest. They are many different forms of crying. With the assistance of some coworkers, I’ve created this chart that illustrates types of crying across two factors: Pathetic-ness and Sympathy Elicited. Overall, we determined that the best types of crying maximize sympathy elicited, while minimizing levels of pathetic-ness. Take a look, and maybe you’ll understand why that blubbering idiot just didn’t tug at your heartstrings.


Blubbering: Unattractive, loud crying. Characterized by mutters, truncated, erratic breathing, clinched facial expressions and hunched posture.

Hyperventilate-Crying: Forceful crying causing heavy breathing, resulting in the inability to speak or produce sounds even resembling words.

Scream-Crying: Violent crying accompanied with bouts of yelling or sometimes shrieking. May also include slapping, punching or other physical expressions of distress.

Silent Tears: Soft, inaudible crying that does not draw attention; May manifest only in a single tear rolling down one’s cheek.

Sobbing: Heavy crying with a large volume tears flowing steadily; Generally audible but not inappropriately loud.

Sniveling: Audible, but soft crying, also prone to muttering and erratic breathing; May also show signs of drool or mucus.

Weeping: A gentler version of sobbing; Involves soft, steady stream of tears with some times lightly audible signs of distress.

Whimpering: Soft crying usually including few or no tears at all; Often incorporates muttering and/or high-pitched sighs.


  1. Thank you for this valuable information.

  2. thank you this is really helpful for my exam in speech. :-)

  3. Thank you for making me less pathetic. I don't cry much, but when I do I'm only guilty of Sobbing, Weeping, and Silent Tears.

  4. This is very very helpful for a writer (like myself), thank you!!

  5. i'm a cryer. no doubt i've done all of these in my life.

  6. Thanks for citing these different types of crying. This really caught my attention.:)

  7. My type of crying: really quiet sobbing. I can't cry absolutely quiet, I sob but it's really quiet sobbing.

  8. Great chart! What about sobbing without tears?

  9. I almost never cry, but when I do so my form of crying is always silent tears. Is this more sophisticated than sobbing?

  10. Oh i don't care how you cry, ugly or not, you will get a hug from me. I always feel empathy towards a person. I won't hug a fake crier though

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