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18 Times You Feel Compelled To Cry If You're Very Sensitive

These are like rites of passage for sensitive people.

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1. The "I'm so glad this dog found its forever home" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're at work and procrastinating by watching videos on Facebook, probably in full view of your boss.

2. The "I wouldn't be crying right now if I wasn't about to start my period" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: Your progesterone and estrogen levels are at their peak.

3. The "Yes I know I'm on public transport and I'm crying, please don't look at me" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're on the train going home during peak hours, sitting down whilst a man leans awkwardly over you, clearly able to see you cry.

4. The "Not-quite-crying,-but-very-teary looking at this very old couple lovingly holding hands whilst out on a stroll and I hope I too will experience lasting love like this one day" kind of cry.

NBC

Most likely to happen when: You're making your way home after a particularly messy night out and a disappointing sexual encounter, feeling particularly emotionally vulnerable.

5. The "I'm crying because someone else is crying" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: Literally anyone within a three meter radius of you is crying.

6. The "I'm crying because something terrible happened to this person and they're so strong and not crying so I have to cry for both of us" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: Your very strong and emotionally reserved best friend has their heart broken.

7. The furious "I'm about to be told off" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're at school and a teacher who clearly has it out for you tells you off in front of the whole class, and you're trying really hard not to cry but your face goes red and hot with embarrassment and fury.

8. The "Everything has just been a bit shit lately so I deserve a little cry" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You've had a shit week and you're on the sofa eating shit food, scrolling through Instagram and convincing yourself that literally everyone else is happier and living a better life than you. Immediately after you finish crying you feel better and forget what made you feel so bad in the first place.

9. The "I'm actually furious, not upset, and I wish I wasn't crying right now" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're in the middle of an argument with someone who tells you to calm down/says you're being hysterical/asks if you're on your period.

10. The gut-wrenching "I've been broken up for the first time" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're seventeen.

11. The lonely "I think I'm falling out of love" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You finally realise what you've been in denial about for months, that you and this person just clearly aren't right for each other.

12. The slightly embarassing and very frustrating "Everything looks terrible on me and these changing room lights are so unflattering and why don't any clothing shops make clothes that will actually fit normal women??" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're bloated and desperately need an outfit for an important event, it's crowded, and you're very tired.

13. The "Oh my god what I am even doing with my life" middle of the night kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You've just celebrated your birthday and realise you haven't achieved any of the things you wanted to achieve as a child, even though those things were "be a popstar-doctor-detective-published author by 23" and entirely unrealistic.

14. The "I've had a really awful day and I'm so stressed and now the printer isn't working and that's the final straw" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: It's been boiling up for the longest time, and your very awkward colleague is the only one present and now thinks printers are a particularly sore subject for you.

15. The "I can't believe I'm so basic that this movie is making me cry" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen: When you're watching a romantic comedy from 2006.

16. The "Someone just asked me if I'm okay and I'm NOT" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen: When you were only just holding it together.

17. The "I'm so frustrated but I can't let anyone know this so I am going to excuse myself and have a quick, efficient power-cry in the bathroom to get it out of my system" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're at work and having to deal with something really shitty, and you know it's not professional to sob in the middle of the office, unfortunately.

18. The "I'm so drunk and I love you so much" kind of cry.

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Most likely to happen when: You're out with your best friends and suddenly realise that they're the loves of your life and that you are so lucky to have them in your life and they're so beautiful and smart and you love them so much and they deserve to be so happy and now you're all crying and your eyeliner is dribbling down your face and you've never been happier (or more drunk).