Why do movies make us cry

Why do movies affect us

Our subconscious mind might mistakenly think that what we see in screens is real and so get affected. It also usually happens in a more powerful way since movies usally look more real than real life.


If you have never experienced a certain kind of loss like the loss of a son or a loss of daughter or father you might not be able to fully empathize with a person who is facing this problem. If you have love for animal, seeing animal slaughter or pain or loss make you cry.


If a person had a guilt problem where he wasn’t nice to his sister for example then any part of the movie that touches that wound can make that person feel really bad.

You always wanted to cry

This brings us to two more important conclusions. The wounds that caused this sadness were already there inside of you and the movie just reminded you of them. The second conclusion is that you always wanted to get rid of the burden by crying and the movie gave you the best chance to do it. In such a case crying in the movie gave you the opportunity to release the stored unconscious emotions while consciously believing that you are crying because of the movie.

Unconsciousness recall of memories

While watching a movie an unconscious recall of memories and fears can happen. This can lead to intense emotions that can be easily confused with the movie’s effect.

Now you might be wondering why some people get affected more than others by movies. The answer is simple. Depending on your beliefs, values and concerns you will get affected in a different way than others. And because each person is unique some people get affected more than others by movies.

Next time you cry in a movie better understand why it happened for it can tell you a lot about your personality.



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