Men´s and women´s reactions to romantic relationship breakups

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Research strongly suggests that men and women are more similar than they are different. But, who are we kidding? That does not stop us from believing it, right? What about a relevant aspect of ourrelationships: breakups? Breakups can have a negative impact on us both psychologically and physically. For example, breakups are associated with anxiety, depression, insomnia, loneliness, physicalinjuries and accidents, and in some cases suicide or homicide. Put bluntly, breakups can hurt. So, do men and women react differently to romantic relationship breakups?
Historically, women have beenstereotyped as the more emotional and sensitive sex in comparison to men. This view has led to the belief that women are more likely to experience guilt, anxiety, sadness, and angerafter breakups. Although some research has supported this, a larger body of research has suggested that it is men who suffer more after breakups. Why? One reason for this is the idea that men may have more of their emotionaland practical needs met in their love relationships, so they tend to “lose” more when a close relationship ends.
Research found that men and women both have emotional reactions to breakups,including anxiety, sadness, and anger, and ambivalence. But that in the case of women, they experienced more joy and relief following the breakup than men did. How can they explain this? Some say that womenare typically more attuned towards possible difficulties in a relationship. They are able to anticipate breakups and are more concerned about warning signs. This enables them to prepare themselves inadvance for the potential breakup. 
When we experience breakups we all engage in different activities and strategies to help “get over” the other. Some men go out and party, others drink, some becomemore socially active and others more socially isolated and women express their emotions and feelings more readily with their friends, thus making it easier to process and cope with their...
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