The science behind heartbreak: How to move on, and is there a cure?

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When couples break up or divorce, the heartbreak can be debilitating, often taking years to recover and move on. What makes a broken heart so painful, and is there a cure? Photo by Shutterstock.

Jonathan Bastian talks with Florence Williams, science writer and author of “Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey,” about the pain that comes with a breakup and why it’s so hard to move on. Later, Sandra Langeslag, associate professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Aimee Lutkin, writer, performer, and the author of “The Lonely Hunter: How Our Search for Love Is Broken: A Memoir,” discuss the cure for heartbreak and misconceptions about coupledom.



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