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How Do Men And Women React Differently In A Breakup?

We had mental health and relationship expert Dr. Jeff Gardere stop by the program to talk to us about what to do if you’re obsessing over an ex. His new program is called Exaholics (www.exaholics.com), and it's an online community designed to help people get through their breakups.

In our chat together, Dr. Jeff describes how our bodies process relationships not just emotionally, “but in our brains as well.” When that attchment is no longer there, we can experience activity in our neurotransmitters similar to “withdrawal as part of an addiction.”

The strength of these connections differs between men and women, for some surprising reasons. Dr. Jeff admits that oftentimes, a woman’s love is “more complex”, as her attractions are spread out across many more factors than a man’s. Men tend to love “deeper” though, making it harder for them to "let go" when things fall apart. This quality in men may lead them to more physical or vengeful behavior after a breakup.

You can watch the full interview here.

For more on handling a breakup, be sure to check out Dr. Jeff's new Exaholics program at www.exaholics.com.

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