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Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - June 17th 2009, 12:11 AM

Maybe they don't look or sound exactly the same always, but I noticed opposite emotions tend to be really close. I mean, have you ever heard someone laughing hard, and had to double check to make sure they weren't crying?

Why is that? Is this what they mean when people say there is a fine line between pleasure and pain?


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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - June 17th 2009, 05:25 PM

I remember on a few occasions thinking someone was laughing when they were actually crying. I felt really bad afterwards for not making the difference and comforting them sooner.

I think somewhere there is a connection between pleasure and pain, I certainly felt that in my time of SH. I don't really know why, but I think there is.
   
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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - June 17th 2009, 05:35 PM

I think it's because your body is reacting in very similar ways to different emotions.


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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - June 18th 2009, 08:34 PM

Omg I hate that. I sounds almost exactly the same unless im like bawling. And I always cover my face and dont let people see when im crying so they never really know.


   
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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - June 18th 2009, 09:07 PM

I've noticed that when I was fighting my brother sometimes as stupid as it sounds if I did something and he was covering his face, I couldn't decide if he was actually crying or having a laugh because they sounded sort of similar.

Why though? I don't know.
   
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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - June 18th 2009, 10:04 PM

hmm yeah i've noticed this.

when i broke my nose playing lacrosse a few years ago everyone thought i was laughing when i was actually crying hysterically.


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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - June 19th 2009, 01:16 PM

Yeah, I've definitely questioned this a lot. I'm always like, "Wait, are they laughing or are they crying?" I'm the same way sometimes. You can't quite tell if I'm laughing or sobbing, but most of the time I laugh so hard, it does look like I cry. Not sure why they're both so similar. Maybe because they're both extreme emotions? Who knows.




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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - July 1st 2009, 09:02 AM

My friends are constantly asking me me whats wrong because I think im crying when Im actually laughing. I find it rather funny.
   
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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - July 1st 2009, 03:10 PM

I totally agree with this.

When I fell over ice skating and broke my leg I starting crying like crazy and I was really loud too because I knew it was broke and people just thought I fell over normally so they were just skating past me.

It took about 5 minutes for a teacher and then an extra 5 minutes for an employee/first aider to come over and help me, they all thought I was laughing because I had fell over.
   
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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - July 2nd 2009, 04:19 AM

Yeah, I've always thought that there must be some interesting philisophical explanation for this, but I've never been able to figure it out >_<



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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - July 2nd 2009, 08:59 AM

I think that because they are stong reactions and are almost equal and opposite. They also use the same muscles eg. diaphragm etc.

I find also that silent crying and laughter are the hardest to tell apart.


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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - July 4th 2009, 07:30 PM

I sound like a chipmunk either way


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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - July 4th 2009, 07:53 PM

It has something to do with your body responses, they both use the same muscles.


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Re: Why do people look/sound they same when they cry and laugh? - July 4th 2009, 11:11 PM

Both crying and laughing involve your diaphragm moving rapidly, so I guess that's what makes it sound the same.
Still, I find it very strange. I understand what you mean, it is easy to mistake one for the other in some cases.
   
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