I’m a sucker for science so when I saw this article by Lifehacker – The Science Behind Why Breakups Suck (and What You Can do About It), I read it with great interest. I’m especially interested in their description of the physical response to rejection stimulated by the parasympathetic nervous system, as this relates to the PTSD-like symptoms that some experience after a breakup. It’s an interesting article which serves to validate the intensity of emotions after the end of a relationship and gives some tangible strategies to help the mind and body recover from the loss.
I would love to see further research on the impact of rejection and relationship trauma on the brains of previously healthy adult subjects. With my completely subjective and n=1 experiment, it seems like it can lead to long term changes in the brain’s ability to process.
What are your thoughts? In what areas would you like to see research?