The Cut's 'Keep it 100' series recently invited 100 participants to unleash their most powerful screams on camera, resulting in a fascinating exploration of the human condition.
Suppressing all your frustrations and keeping it all in while all you want to do is run away to a faraway land and scream your soul out? People don't just scream out of frustration, they could also scream when they are scared or excited. Whatever the reason may be, many people want to simply do it to feel relieved. Although an emotion-filled scream could be straining your vocal cords, it could also be purely cathartic.
The Cut recently asked 100 people to scream as loud as they can at the top of their lungs on camera as part of their "Keep it 100" series. The results are both amusing and insightful, revealing much about the universal human condition. Subjects responded to the request to scream their lungs out in a variety of ways.
Subjects responded to the request to scream their lungs out in a variety of ways. A few people stretched and one man had a very physical reaction to even a small scream coming out of his mouth. As they were nervous, a few people cut their screams short and burst out laughing. One man jumped and performed a split in the air, followed by another who screamed at the wall behind him.
A few women revealed that they were recovering from an illness, so they weren't able to scream despite their best efforts. "That felt good!" some said after screaming. Some others saw it as "relieving" and compared it to having a burden lifted off their shoulders.
Many people let out screeches that could land them a good role in a horror film. After letting out a loud roar, one woman shared, "I do that in the car sometimes." She wasn't the only one since many others in the video also felt the same way. When asked what they were thinking about, many mentioned the stress of work and family problems. Some people felt confident screaming while a few others felt embarrassed if they were pushed to say anything louder than an "AAHH!"
Some people might not feel heard in real life so finally letting out a voice might be helpful while some are uncomfortable screaming in public because they don't want to annoy others. They might even be uncomfortable simply raising their voice without any reason.
One woman simply did not like the thought of screaming. "I'd rather cry," she said emphatically. The viewers were surprised to see others scream in a safe, controlled environment. "This is exactly what every quiet person dreams of doing, even if we cannot," commented @user-qf4sl6kf7s. "What a great activity that more people should do to get in touch with their emotions and really let go. I loved seeing the people who went all out," wrote @bbkix.
"They should have screaming rooms somewhere so people can do this in a safe space and won’t have to stress about worrying other people that someone’s getting attacked or dying, laughing out loud. Kinda like those rooms where you pay to go break stuff," suggested @crimsonxtears13.
"I and my friends were in a group project for school once where we were supposed to perform or make something that would represent a deadly sin (we were art students). Our group chose to rage and we made a video that was entire of us doing things like screaming, kicking things, hitting and crushing ceramics and cups. It really was kind of euphoric to stand outside (in a barren field to be fair) and just scream without any inhibitions. No reluctance" shared @johanna4655.