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Is it possible that people become more emotional as they get older?

Asked by cutiepi92 (2182 points ) December 17th, 2013

When I was younger, I never understood crying about anything that wasn’t your own sadness. I never understood how people cried at movies, because at the end of the day it’s just fake right? Crying out of joy was completely foreign to me as a child.

Now, it seems that I’m way more emotional than I used to be. I’ve cried more for characters in movies this year than I think I have in my entire life. Shoot, just yesterday I cried at a rewatched episode of Scandal. I cry when I day dream about my boyfriend and I getting married, when I dream about having my first child. I don’t get it. Why am I so emotional now? Has anyone else experienced this?

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poofandmook's avatar

Oh God. I just said something about this at my bridal shower. My great-aunt hand quilted something and I got all weepy, and leading up to my wedding I would get weepy when certain songs I had included in the festivities came on my iPod, and I finally yelled something to the effect of “WHEN DID I GET OLD AND START CRYING AT EVERYTHING??” lol

gailcalled's avatar

Or perhaps simply less inhibited. The emotions are always there but often squashed or ordered away when one is young and insecure.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I think you learn to appreciate what you have in life more as we grow up (Some of us at least). When you’re young adults know everything and they live forever. As you grow up life kicks you in the teeth and you learn everything doesn’t last forever.

JimTurner's avatar

WHAT! WHAT ARE YOU SAYING JUST BECAUSE I TURNED 50 That for some reason I am more emotional then I was in my twenties. I don’t think …….Well it all started when my dog Blue died poor pup (sigh) I really miss him….Oh back to the question. ME? How can you say such a thing….Well maybe just a little bit when it rains on Tuesdays.

zenvelo's avatar

To me, it’s not more emotional as much as it is in touch with our emotions. As I have reflected to friends over the years, “I didn’t know WHAT the hell I was feeling.”

Now, after having done a lot of work on emotional consciousness, I not only know when I am feeling something, I can process it in a healthy manner too.

Pachy's avatar

Absolutely! I find myself tearing up while listening to music, watching movies (even ones that are kind of silly) and reminiscing with friends far more than I did when I was younger (though admittedly, I’ve always been a bit of a crier.)

fluthernutter's avatar

Age hasn’t affected me so much.
I’ve always been incredibly sentimental.

Though having kids definitely has!
I blame the hormones.

ucme's avatar

I definitely think it’s the case that old people get upset over fuck all, stuff that happened on the telly or trivial gossip. Behaviour not exclusive to that demographic but certainly more prevalent.

khajuria's avatar

Nope, not necessarily.

jca's avatar

I think it can be hormonal sometimes.

drhat77's avatar

you have more simialr expereinces to relate to, so more things remind you of times you were sad.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Ever heard of “Mellow with age?” The emotional responses you mention are indicative of maturity, which is not always present simply because of age. (See response from @ucme for perfect example.) smirk chortle

JLeslie's avatar

I think either you are depressed, or have experienced more in life and understand how precious life is. As we get older I think we get more emotional because we take things less for granted, we can identify and empathasize better with others, and we see more beauty in relationships.

susanc's avatar

You may have developed empathy as you grew up. That would be a good thing.

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