Why do relationship breakups hurt so much?

‘A relationship breakup activates the same brain regions that process physical pain.’ Photograph: Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty Images/Cultura RF Have you ever found yourself in the foetal position on the sofa for days on end, curtains drawn, phone unanswered, moving only to haphazardly wipe the snot and tears from your face? All that has happened is you’ve been made aware that you won’t be seeing a person you had a lot of interaction with much any more. That’s it. So why does it leave you reeling for weeks, months, even for the rest of your life, in some cases? Humans seem primed to seek out and form monogamous romantic relationships, and this is reflected in a number of weird things the brain does when we end up falling…


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