Heading into a room at lunchtime for a nice shout-out might seem like a useful way to let off steam, but experts say there’s little evidence the long-term outlook is good for mental health. offers benefits.
Early cry therapy (PST) was developed by psychologist Arthur Janov in the late 1960s. It is based on the idea that repressed childhood trauma is at the root of neurosis and that yawning can help relieve and relieve pain. This approach became popular in the 1970s with a bestseller and high profile patients such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
However, modern experts say there is little evidence to support the use of this therapy.
Professor Sasha Fruholz from the Institute of Psychology at the University of Zurich, who studies the cognitive and neural mechanisms of voice production and emotional processing, is one of them.
“In my opinion, there is no scientific evidence that early cry therapy has a beneficial effect in the treatment of mental and psychiatric disorders. Given that modern psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment approach, no reputable psychotherapeutic school today uses an element of cry therapy,” he said.
“PST also relies on the partially erroneous assumption that traumatic early life events are stored as mental and physical complexes – like a prison – that can only be released by ‘taking out’ while crying,” Fruholz said. “There is no scientific evidence for this.”
Fruholz also notes that early cry therapy primarily uses angry screams — which can be counterproductive.
“We know that such frequent expressions of anger as a therapeutic method do not have a negative impact on the outcome of therapy,” he said. “Our own research shows that positive cries – joy and pleasure – are more relevant to people and, as a positive affect, evoke social bonds.”
dr Rebecca Semens-Wheeler, a psychology lecturer at Birmingham City University, said she’s also skeptical about the long-term mental health benefits of crying, although she said little research has been done.
“The current state of affairs is that we don’t really know — but based on what we know, it’s unlikely to be helpful,” she said.
Among her concerns was that screaming or hearing others scream might activate the body’s “fight-or-flight” mechanism and increase adrenaline and cortisol levels.
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,[That] The opposite of what you do with things like meditation or yoga, which normally activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you slow down, take stock, get some glucose back into the prefrontal cortex… and helps us make better decisions to meet,” she said.
Semens-Wheeler said that if screaming becomes a habit, it can also prevent other measures that might be more helpful in managing the emotion.
But, she said, context is important, and it’s possible that yelling can help if it’s done in groups and allows people to connect.
“I’m quite skeptical about the potential benefits, especially over the long term. [But] If you want to do it for fun, why not?” he said. “Maybe you’ll feel good for a few minutes. But I don’t think it has any potential as a permanent and ongoing treatment. I think it’s more than a novelty. ,