790: Florence Williams | The Science of Heartbreak

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790: Florence Williams | The Science of Heartbreak

Florence Williams (@flowill) is a journalist and the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative , Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History , and Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey.

What We Discuss with Florence Williams:
  • How "real" is heartbreak? Real enough that our brains react to the emotional pain of heartbreak in the same way they react to physical pain.
  • The chronic loneliness brought about by heartbreak can increase the risk of early death by as much as 26 percent.
  • Just as you wouldn't expect results from "wishing" a toothache away, ignoring the distress caused by heartbreak can exacerbate existing medical problems and create new ones — from inflammation to diabetes, heart disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Differences between the causes and symptoms of heartbreak as typically experienced by women and men.
  • What we can do to mitigate the pain if we find ourselves suffering from heartbreak.
  • And much more...

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