The matters of being in love and then breaking up are always complicated, and every individual takes his or her own time to move on from the relationship.
However, science indicates that heartbreak impacts men and women differently and both the sexes have different ways to cope with this situation.
Interestingly, women experience more emotional and physical pain after a break-up but they tend to move on faster than men.
How females respond to a heartbreak
Women get more negatively affected, both emotionally and physically, by a heartbreak.
Women participants are known to be very active after a break-up.
They may be emotionally damaged but they channel that energy into something positive.
While women suffer more on an emotional and physical level after a break-up, but they also tend to recover more fully and come out stronger from this experience.
What about men?
While women constructively channel their emotions and tend to understand themselves and their needs from a relationship better, men have a completely different way to deal with the situation.
Men either ‘experience nothing’ or may resort to alcohol, drug abuse or violence, and are less likely to come up with any kind of personal realizations.
Men take longer to move on
Men take longer time than women and struggle more to move on.
In fact, many male participants suffered from post-relationship grief at the time of the study even if they had parted ways more than a year ago.
Why both the sexes react differently
Interestingly, for men, who have evolved from competing for female attention, losing a ‘high-quality’ mate might not ‘hurt’ initially.
However, they start feeling the pain once they realize their loss.
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.