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Everyone can benefit from a good old-fashioned, cathartic bawl-fest every once in a while. It’s pretty much the ideal way to clean out the old tear ducts while dealing with our emotions in a healthy and constructive way.

But for some of us, crying isn’t just something that happens when we reach a certain emotional point. Tears are how we deal with everything, from happiness to sadness, from intimate conversations to moments of truth, and from important life moments to monotonous everyday occurrences.

Consider yourself a serial crier? Then you’ll definitely relate to the following problems that only us serial criers will understand.

1. Work can be a glass cage of emotion

Sure, sure. We all know the office is a place to zip up your emotions and put on a professional face. But if you’re prone to reacting to stressful situations with tears then a rough day at your daily grind can quickly turn into a hideout session in the bathroom or red-rimmed eyes with your 3 p.m. java fix. And don’t even get us started on performance reviews or impromptu meetings with the boss—regardless if it’s negative or positive feedback you’re receiving, the sheer stress and sincerity of the conversation alone is enough to send you into a teary tailspin. And yes, it’s just as uncomfortable for everyone as it sounds.

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2. Going to the movies is a blubbery gamble

Movie theatres are dark, but that doesn’t mean the people you sit near can’t hear you sobbing uncontrollably during those key, emotional plot twists. We serial criers are prone to leaking facial orifices whether it’s an action flick, rom-com or sappy historical biopic, rendering pre-movie research moot. In fact, aside from stuffing 97 extra napkins in your pocket at the concession stand and trying to suck back the watery substances coming out of your face, partaking in any kind of public screening is pretty much a guarantee of embarrassment and sniffles.

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3. You’re kind of an expert at reapplying makeup

Waterproof makeup only takes you so far if you’re prone to crying at everything from two kittens cuddling to a commercial for life insurance. In fact not only does it become imperative to invest in the most smudge-proof, water-proof brands of mascara and powders, but you probably also have to tote around an entire backup supply of makeup essentials everywhere you go, too. Unless you’re into that tear-streaked, emo look from the nineties, of course.

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4. People treat you with kid gloves

When you cry at everything, people know you as that guy. You know, the one who will probably tear up if they have anything of importance to say to you. As a result, some people tend to tiptoe around your emotions, because they don’t want to deal with the uncomfortable situation of making you cry. What they don’t realize is that just because a tear or two rolls down your face doesn’t mean you’re falling apart — that’s just how your body reacts to certain situations and you’re actually strong AF inside.

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5. Then again some people TRY to make you cry

You love your friends and family dearly, but if you’re known as a crier then oftentimes the only way your loved ones know they’ve truly touched you with a kind word or gift is when they make you cry. Sometimes it’s sweet, but other times you just wish you could get through a birthday or holiday celebration without becoming the centre of attention for having that anticipated, tearful reaction.

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6. Being sincere is impossible

Trying to spit out a meaningful or heartfelt sentence is pretty much impossible, especially if it involves making eye contact. Wedding speeches or toasts? Yep, they’re pretty much our worst nightmares. Even putting pen to paper and writing down our thoughts and feelings can be an exercise in tear-control, especially if we want to avoid blotting the paper with our inconvenient salt water.

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7. You inevitably draw comparisons to Claire Danes

Pretty criers do exist in the world, what with their dainty little tears and cute scrunched-up faces. Unfortunately, most serial criers don’t fall into that category. In fact, we’re more likely to be compared to Claire Danes and her own “ugly cry face,” thanks to our blotchy faces, red eyes and open-mouthed sobs. Sadly, we also have just as little control over how we look when we cry as we do when the waterworks commence in full force, which means anyone and everyone is susceptible to seeing those ugly sobs.

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8. Watching or reading the news is an emotional feat of strength

Serial criers can often also be described as serial empathizers. And while that’s a good thing in terms of connecting with people, it also means that every sad story hits us deep in the soul. That makes keeping up with the news a tumultuous feat of emotional strength, one that often drains us before we reach the end of that day’s headlines.

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9. Becoming intimate with someone new can be tough

Everyone knows that part of the fun of a new relationship is experiencing everything with a partner as it’s all shiny and new. Serial criers are no exception, and our emotions often run high during that honeymoon phase… unfortunately that means we’ve also probably scared off a partner or two as they realized our physical way of dealing with emotions might be a bit too much for them to handle.

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Fortunately, our waterworks can also be a great filter for weeding out those who just can’t own up to their emotions the same way we do. And if crying at practically everything life throws at us has taught us anything, it’s to own up to those tears loud and proud. So cry it out, we say. Besides, those recurring tear-facials are doing wonders for the complexion.