A problem shared is a problem halved, so keep sharing, and eventually, though it may not be possible to imagine it in this moment, you’ll feel your old self again – and not just that, but you’ll be more well grounded and secure than ever before.

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Whether it’s a cathartic vent over a drink with friends, or a teary phone call to your parents, opening up is the first step towards making a full recovery.

Your old support system was one person which, while a lovely enough notion, is impractical for functioning healthily - imagine trying to build a cathedral using only one pillar.

While the internet is awash with break up advice for women, there’s very little information out there on how men deal with breakups.

For the most part, it seems men are left to figure it out for themselves.

Therefore, in an effort to aid all the sobbing ex-boyfriends of the world, let’s pull on our lab coats and have a rummage around inside the average male head!

In heterosexual relationships, the foremost study into the differences in how each gender deals with heartbreak comes from researchers at Binghamton University, who pried open the personal lives of 6,000 participants across 96 countries by asking them to rate the emotional pain of their last break up.

When a woman leaves her partner, often she unknowingly takes his entire emotional support system along with her.

As you may have surmized by now, the majority of research points towards men being generally dire when it comes to handling break ups.

There are several reasons why women tend to sail into the sunset post break up while men wallow in their underwear for months on end.

Several studies into men’s behavior after a break up have found that a married man is encouraged by his wife to partake in healthier behaviors, such as quitting smoking and reducing the amount of alcohol he consumes.

Maintaining open lines of communication may help them form healthy relationships and recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships, thus preventing the violence before it starts.