Summary of “How To Get Over a Breakup, According to Science”

The person was asked to mull over the unfavorable aspects of their lover, like a particularly annoying habit.
In another prompt, called love reappraisal, people were told to read and believe statements of acceptance, like “It’s ok to love someone I’m not longer with.” Instead of fighting how they feel, they were told to accept their feelings of love as perfectly normal without judgment.
The researchers measured how positive or negative the people felt and how much love they felt for the ex using a scale and questionnaire.
Only people who looked at their lover in a negative light also had a decrease in feelings of love toward their ex.
Distraction, on the other hand, made people feel better overall, but had no effect on how much they still loved their ex-partner.
Love reappraisal showed no effect on either love or mood, but still dulled the emotional response to the photo.
Classifying love as a motivation is controversial in the field; other experts believe that love is an emotion, like anger, or a script, like riding a bike.
The endurance of love feelings, the complexity of these feelings and the intensity of infatuation all signal a motivation, the authors write.

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