Another question asks for the written sounds of different levels of crying (wah-wah, boo-hoo), but I was wondering if there are names for different levels of crying.
For instance, is there any way to refer to mild crying besides "mild crying'?
Every human has his own ways of expressing pain. Levels of crying vary with sex and age. A man's cry is different from a woman's. Similarly, a toddler's cry differs from an adolescent's. More importantly, however, there are no current studies or research about the different levels of crying. Nevertheless, a blogger made an illustration titled Types of Crying where two factors are considered: Pathetic-ness and Sympathy Elicited.
Whimpering: Soft crying usually including few or no tears at all; Often incorporates muttering and/or high-pitched sighs.
Silent Tears: Soft, inaudible crying that does not draw attention; May manifest only in a single tear rolling down one’s cheek.
Sniveling: Audible, but soft crying, also prone to muttering and erratic breathing; May also show signs of drool or mucus.
Weeping: A gentler version of sobbing; Involves soft, steady stream of tears with some times lightly audible signs of distress.
Sobbing: Heavy crying with a large volume tears flowing steadily; Generally audible but not inappropriately loud.
Hyperventilate-Crying: Forceful crying causing heavy breathing, resulting in the inability to speak or produce sounds even resembling words.
Blubbering: Unattractive, loud crying. Characterized by mutters, truncated, erratic breathing, clinched facial expressions and hunched posture.
Scream-Crying: Violent crying accompanied with bouts of yelling or sometimes shrieking. May also include slapping, punching or other physical expressions of distress.
There is a certain theory about 5 stages of grief formulated by Kubler-Ross-- the Bereavement Theory as well. It may not answer your question but it entails that every human being has the same bereavement process.
Don't forget bawling and crocodile tears. Also some of these forms of crying, like sobbing, can cause full body movement, such as making your shoulders to shake.
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