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Time heals all wounds, but time can be a steep price to pay for recovery from heartbreak. In this wise, eloquent talk, seasoned psychologist Guy Winch details how best to mend a broken heart. Relief doesn’t come easy: Winch explains that you must understand how your brain responds to romantic loss and then diligently resist its compulsions. getAbstract recommends this talk to those who want to lessen their heartache and speed their recovery.

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Psychologist Guy Winch wrote Emotional First Aid and the TED Book How to Fix a Broken Heart.



People’s usual coping strategies for enduring life’s worst moments do nothing for a broken heart. Take the example of Kathy, who proved resilient through two bouts of breast cancer but then floundered after an unexpected breakup. Amid heartbreak, your normally reliable instincts lead you astray. You can’t trust your own thoughts. Studies show that knowing the reason that the relationship ended helps people move on. But even if your ex tells you an honest, simple reason for the breakup, you may reject it. The pain of a breakup is so intense that the brain wants to match it to an equally intense cause, even a dubious one.

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