People can be very good at manipulating others through fake crying. Would you know if you were being fooled? Some people are so talented at crying they can do it anywhere at anytime. If you are around someone who cries a lot ask yourself how frequently are they crying? How quickly do they cry? Can they suddenly stop what they are doing and tear up?
If someone cries too quickly and frequently unless they are depressed or have a medical condition it may be fake. For a person to start sobbing they would already have to be in a state of sadness, perhaps joy, to be that overwhelmed with emotion.
An obvious sign of fake crying is there are no tears. To hide the apparent no tears a person may hold their face in their hands. For more of an effect they might choose to droop-their shoulders and bob their head a bit, down and up, while their face is being cradled in their hands.
Physical signs of crying are tears, red puffy eyes, running nose, the chest heaving up and down and coughing or getting choked. Hyperventilating can also be a physical sign of crying.
To catch someone you suspect is fake crying you’ll have to distract him or her and cause them to momentarily lose focus. Try the following distractions.
1} Leave the room.
If the person is covering their face in their hands and doesn’t want you to see them, they are tear less; they likely won’t be able to follow you without running into something or without peeking through their fingers.
2} Drop an ice cube down the back of their shirt.
This should get them to take their hands away from their face to remove the ice cube, cause them to go from Boo-Who to Whew and perhaps make them stand erect as they jump and shimmy to shake the cube out.
3} Open a garbage bag filled with stinky trash and sit it beside them.
Make sure the bag isn’t leaking or it has food or something spilled onto it that could stain and ruin whatever it sat on. If the garbage is really smelly the fake crier may start sniffing but may wound up asking, “What’s that smell?”
The fake crier might decide to wail much louder to override your voice. Sing louder. They may give up if you don’t notice their howling.
5} Eat their favorite snack food.
Let them know “Look what I found. I’m so hungry.” Open it up and start munching where they can hear and see you.
Other possibilities are:
6} Slap them on the back, pinch them on the arm or tickle them with a duster.
Be careful not to slap or pinch hard enough to make a bruise or a whelp. You don’t want to hurt them just surprise them.
7} Act like you don’t know anyone is crying.