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Men Suffer 'More Emotional Pain' Than Women In Break-Ups, Study Claims

Hannah Van-de-Peer

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Men Suffer 'More Emotional Pain' Than Women In Break-Ups, Study Claims

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Some of the most iconic moments in pop culture have come from leading women post-breakup.

Seriously! Bridget Jones in pyjamas, wine in one hand and ice cream in the other, lip-syncing along to All By Myself by Celine Dion. Or, like, every Adele album ever.

We're so used to seeing women pouring their hearts out while mourning the end of their relationships. But, what if we told you that men apparently feel it even more deeply than we do? According to the University Of Lancaster - that might just be the case.

Bridget Jones towed the line for newly-single women worldwide. [Credit: Alamy]
Bridget Jones towed the line for newly-single women worldwide. [Credit: Alamy]

Psychologists at the institution decided to study unknown people who post about their relationship problems on forums.

As well as looking at genders who feel 'the most' pain after a breakup, they also wanted to find out leading causes of relationship problems.

Communication came in first place, with nearly one in five people mentioning they find it hard to discuss relationship issues directly with their partner. Meanwhile, one in eight people mentioned experiencing trust issues.

One in five people cited communication problems as the cause of their relationship breakdown. [Credit: Unsplash]
One in five people cited communication problems as the cause of their relationship breakdown. [Credit: Unsplash]

The team found that men talked more about the feelings of heartbreak than women, who apparently liked to discuss why their relationship ended up breaking down.

Male users spoke a lot about 'regret, crying and heartache'. Psychologists suggest that the myth of men being less emotionally invested in relationships may not actually be true after all!

It was concluded that men are "at least as emotionally affected by relationship problems than women".

Men are actually as emotionally affected by breakups as women. [Credit: Unsplash]
Men are actually as emotionally affected by breakups as women. [Credit: Unsplash]

A psychologist who worked on the study, Dr. Ryan Boyd, said that "women are more likely to identify relationship problems, consider therapy and seek therapy than men".

"When you remove the traditional social stigmas against men for seeking help and sharing their emotions, however, they seem just as invested in working through rough patches in their relationships as women," he explained.

The full study can be found in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Topics: Sex and Relationships, Life, Real Life, News

Hannah Van-de-Peer
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