Hoe moet dat gedrag geduid worden? En staat het huilen het therapeutisch proces in de weg of faciliteert het dat proces juist? In een nieuwe publicatie in het vakblad Psychotherapy zetten de auteurs Lauren Bylsma, Asmir Gračanin en Ad Vingerhoets alles wat we weten over huilen op een rijtje en trekken ze voorlopige conclusies over wat elke therapeut behoort te weten over huilen in het algemeen en huilen bij patiëntengroepen en in de therapeutische setting in het bijzonder.


The goal of this clinical practice review is to assess the current state of the theoretical and empirical literature on emotional crying (i.e., crying in response to an emotional stimulus), a topic that has received surprisingly limited attention of behavioral scientists and clinicians. Although the empirical research on emotional crying remains in a nascent state, we draw upon the existing scientific knowledge to provide preliminary suggestions for clinicians on how to interpret and respond to crying in clinical contexts. We also identify research gaps and provide recommendations for further research to improve our understanding of this intriguing and still poorly understood human behavior. We suggest that a better understanding of individual differences in crying behavior and the postulated intraindividual and interindividual functions of crying is of critical importance for clinicians, given its frequent occurrence and notable associations with emotional and social functioning. An improved characterization of this important phenomenon will lead to improvements in clinical assessment, treatment planning, and psychotherapy interventions. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

Heb je interesse in de volledige publicatie, neem dan contact op met Ad Vingerhoets: Vingerhoets@tilburguniversity.edu.