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Imagine if we treated broken hearts with the same respect and concern we have for broken arms? Psychologist Guy Winch urges us to rethink the way we deal with emotional pain, offering warm, wise, and witty advice for the broken-hearted.

Real heartbreak is unmistakable. We think of nothing else. We feel nothing else. We care about nothing else. Yet while we wouldn't expect someone to return to daily activities immediately after suffering a broken limb, heartbroken people are expected to function normally in their lives, despite the emotional pain they feel. Now psychologist Guy Winch imagines how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotion - if only we can understand how heartbreak works, we can begin to fix it.

Through compelling research and new scientific studies, Winch reveals how and why heartbreak impacts our brain and our behavior in dramatic and unexpected ways, regardless of our age. Emotional pain lowers our ability to reason, to think creatively, to problem solve, and to function at our best. In How to Fix a Broken Heart he focuses on two types of emotional pain - romantic heartbreak and the heartbreak that results from the loss of a cherished pet. These experiences are both accompanied by severe grief responses, yet they are not deemed as important as, for example, a formal divorce or the loss of a close relative. As a result, we are often deprived of the recognition, support, and compassion afforded to those whose heartbreak is considered more significant.

Our heart might be broken, but we do not have to break with it. Winch reveals that recovering from heartbreak always starts with a decision, a determination to move on when our mind is fighting to keep us stuck. We can take control of our lives and our minds and put ourselves on the path to healing. Winch offers a toolkit on how to handle and cope with a broken heart and how to, eventually, move on.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Guy Winch (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Well written and thought provoking!

I was really captivated by this book. It not only validated feelings I had about heartbreak, but offered logical and compelling strategies for healing. The concept of disenfranchised grief is well explained by the author. It’s something I never associated as to why short term romantic heartbreaks were just as painful as the loss of a loved one. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for answers or to be healthy after a heartbreak.

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I wish I had learned this when I was growing up

My first relationship happened by the age of 30, being gay and with a terrible self esteem. When it ended at the age of 32 I was devastated. I had just lost my companion which I shared so many activities from backpacking, gaming, going out, traveling and exercising with. With it I was thrown back into the dating scene with my self criticism and had no idea of how to move on. How to fill the gaps where we shared so much and where he gave me support. After listening to the audio book I now have the tools to move on. It will not be easy, but now I know what I must do. Not only search new friends and activities but also and maybe the most important, remove my low self esteem. Thank you for writing the book and sharing your thoughts on the topic!

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Definitely worth it

I first heard Dr Winch on Ted Talk and his approach to heartbreak has made a big difference in my healing process. I highly recommend to everyone.

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Very realistic and helpful

This book was very refreshing and realistic in breaking down the many emotions a persons goes through. I was relieved that I wasnt crazy for feeling what i now understand to be normal behavior and im more informed how to treat my feelings on a road to recovery and healing...Thanks Guy :)

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awesome!

I finished this in one night.... I've never done that with an audiobook. I highly recommend it.

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loved it!

Such an eye opener, will listen over and over until the suggestions in this book become healthy habits.

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awesome book

awesome book so helpful. I love how Guy winch shines a light on everything regarding a heartbreak

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A Much Needed Guide in Life for Everyone.

After finding Guy Winch, PhD. on TedTalks I looked for his work and found this carefully crafted and well aimed account of people, just like me, ...and you, that have suffered heartbreak.

His elucidating stories and palapable compassion wring outs the pain of loosing someone close in a healing and inspiring way, albeit scary, at first.

Listening to his words will be tough at first and you may walk away; but you are certain to return for more of the peace you have already found.

Take care of yourself but more importantly, take care of others. Heartbreak is real and we are human enough to nurse each other back to health.

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Great little book

Short, but very informative. I highly recommend speed reading or listening. The more you listen the more you memorize.

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Life changer

Having been going through the motions of a breakup,this book has clarified so much of my suffering. I love it.

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  • FrenchTeacher
  • 10-31-18

Soothing and informative

The stories really brought the science to life. The writer did a Ted talk which is how I heard about book, and so he's pretty good at performing, I thought it was well read. Helpful too.

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  • Josh
  • 10-10-18

excellent book, one everyone should read

loved it, read in a compassionate and understanding way with excellent advice and guidance for those going through heartbreak. As well as with examples from patients stories he treated to demonstrate steps required to overcome emotional distress.

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  • Iordanous Souzan
  • 08-04-18

A really good listen. Made me feel quickly at ease

Listened to the whole thing in one go!! Guy was so easy to listen to and he offered a great insight using some good subjects and relevant examples.

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  • Angus
  • 06-15-18

Helped me a lot.

Watched the author give a TED talk which I found useful but this goes into much more detail

The author provides thoughtful, insightful, sympathetic but importantly instructive guidance to those trying to resolve difficult emotional situations.

I wish I hadn’t had to find this book but it has been a help.

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  • secret
  • 06-13-18

Extremely knowledgable and guiding

I found this book after watching the TED talk. Beautifully narrated by the author with great case studies referenced.

I no longer feel alone in my emotional pain and have a better understanding of how to deal with heartbreak.

If you are struggling with heart break, download this now, it will help you from the minute you start listening.

Gutted the authors other book about emotional pain isn’t available through audible UK and his practice is in the states, would love a therapy session!

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  • Mystery Miss
  • 05-24-18

Good read

I enjoyed the book and found it useful..
Heartache is real and should be recognised, including the physical pain caused.

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  • Stephen E
  • 04-12-18

Insightful, encouraging & very helpful book

Well-written well-narrated. The author seems like an expert in his field, has a clear way of expressing ideas & a great skill in telling personal stories.

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  • Spyri Dela
  • 02-21-18

A scientific approach to a very emotional subject

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Fix a Broken Heart to be better than the print version?

I am not one for self help books but this one I felt was the right balance of informative, scientific and helpful. The author makes some very interesting points throughout and he brings a fresh perspective to a very 'cliche' and taboo subject. I also liked the fact that he used examples of his patients throughout because it made the whole thing a bit more real.

I also loved the fact that it was short and sweet.

If you have a broken hart or you know someone that has a broken heart, give this a go.

What does Guy Winch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I always like it when the author is the narrator as well and this is no exception. He does an amazing job highlighting the book's main premise, of being consultative without being patronising.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Listened to this and commited to letting go of Ex.

I listened to this in one day. I have been going through my first ever breakup, I am 27 and this was the first meaningful romantic connection I have ever had. I had wanted some guidance in how to heal and let go. This book came right on time. In one day I was ready to commit into letting go of her and what we had.

Guy explains the philosophy behind healing from breakups in a concise way but also allows you to relate to the emotions of his subjects. I have gotten the paper copy now as well. Will definitely use this as my guide to breakups from now on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-18

Good read/listen

Gentle in telling you what you need to hear - helps to put things into perspective.