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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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Really touching

The explanation how was the dog's death, that was really touching and rough. Bursted into tears

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Loved it!

Dr. Winch nails it, he’s so right and so professional. I wish there were more books like that!

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It helped me, maybe it could help you too.

For those of us who have struggled " letting go " or " moving on " this book can really help.

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This Would Be An Awesome College Course!

....Or required reading during therapy work. Impressive approach to a VERY human experience! Read and share with EVERYONE/ANYONE you care about!

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Worth it

Eye opening book, narrator was perfect. I will suggest anyone dealing with a breakup or loss listen to this.

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For the heart

Thank you. This book was what I needed to gain awareness of my own heartbreak and begin healing. 10/10

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needed this to truly heal<br />

I really enjoyed this book and the narration! This book is honestly life changing! I recommend this to anyone struggling to get over any kind of heart break

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A needed breath of fresh air

it's definitely a book I will continue to listen to often to battle times of loneliness and heartache. My only complaint is that it's too short. But it is a great book to start with on the road to recovery. And I will and definitely be listening to Dr Guy Winch's other books.

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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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  • Angus2336
  • 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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  • 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.