Breakups hurt women more, but men never fully recover

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In a new study, researchers found Women endure more emotional pain when a relationship ends but once recovered, they could be in better shape than their former other halves.

According to Craig Morris of Binghamton University, women are evolved to invest far more in a relationship than a man. Women have been known to keeping the baby after getting pregnant from a brief romantic encounter. Whereas men can simply leave after the sexual encounter, with no further biological investment.

The study, which is published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, looked at 5,705 participants spanning 96 countries and rated the subjects’ emotional and physical pain of a breakup.

Results showed that women reported higher levels of emotional pain, averaging 6.84 on the scale, while men only averaged 6.58; and women’s physical pain averaged 4.21 while men’s was only 3.75.

The evolution of men has led them to compete for women’s romantic love, which researchers believe diminishes their pain upon losing a high-quality mate. A man will likely feel the loss deeply and for a very long period of time as it sinks in that he must start competing all over again to replace what he has lost – or worse still, come to the realization that the loss is irreplaceable. Although men feel less pain, they never fully recover: according to the study, they simply move on.

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