Why Do We Read Books That Make Us Cry?

by bdhesse

It seems odd. We often go out of our way to avoid getting hurt in real life. If we fight with a friend we may apologize even when we think that we are in the right, or we may avoid the friend and hope that the friendship simply dies if we feel so justified. Even if confronting the friend would do the most good, we may avoid doing so in order to avoid pain. But we will actively seek out books that make us cry. Why?