Science of a broken heart

You know how you can feel physically ill when you break up with a partner? And all you can remember are the good times? There is a scientific explanation for this. This is an interesting article from Collective-Evolution that looks at physical changes in the body that happen after a breakup. I don’t know that it will help you get over the ex-partner any quicker, but I might help explain why we feel so bad!!

Have you ever noticed that after a breakup its like all bad memories of your ex significant other have been completely erased, and all you can remember is the good moments and times you’ve shared? A breakup takes you right back to the beginning of the relationship when things were still cute, fresh, new, and exciting.

Everything that reminds you of your partner, whether it be a memory, photograph, smell, place – you name it, triggers the reward neurons inside of the caudate nucleus and the ventral tegmental area of the brain. These areas of the brain actually light up when the people who are at the ‘puppy dog’ stage of new love are asked to look at photographs of their partners. Interestingly enough, these are the same areas of the brain that light up when given cocaine or heroin.

Can you relate?

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