Several years ago, I read an article about a man who had a shocking cross cultural experience and had processed it and thought he had handled it in healthy ways until he got on the plane and watched Finding Nemo and bawled the whole way through. He realized that the fake emotion on the screen helped him just let loose on his emotions.
I thought of this article on the plane when I bawled through The Bucket List on the plane to seattle. I thought of it even more when my co-worker Heidi told a story that she had started crying during it and she wasn't even really paying attention to it.
Maybe this is one of the reasons that movies, books, and other sources of entertainment exist...in the best sense....to help some of us to relax and help us free up thoughts and emotions to come out.
What do you use for our emotional outlet? I think I do use movies for that; and also some reading, and this blog.