… and de-romanticized. Basically it’s all chemicals, and all in your head.
If what the article says is true about breakups triggering symptoms of addiction withdrawal along the lines of cocaine addiction, then the process of outlining the emotional reaction to withdrawal should be very similar to that of a breakup: the negotiation, denial, intense missing, profound sadness, loneliness, etc. I wonder if anyone’s done a cross-study? It also seems like a possible oversimplification. And I tend to be skeptical of scientists who put out juicy reports such as these when they’re also the main consultant for an online dating site.