What a broken heart actually does to your brain

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What A Broken Heart Does To Your Brain

Often times, a breakup can literally feel like our heart is shattering into a million tiny pieces. For anyone who's been there, you know it's never fun and extremely hard to overcome. The concept of "crazy in love" often reigns true.

Because heartache is felt so strongly and painfully throughout our entire body, we can't help but wonder what exactly it does to our minds. Researchers say the answer lies in the fact that the way we react to love is similar to the way we react to having an addiction.

The reality is that the feelings we experience while overcoming a breakup is extremely similar to those we experience when trying to overcome an addiction. This includes anger, pain, resistance, the whole shebang.

In another interesting point, studies show that because our brains are hard-wired for monogamy, we can easily jump from one monogamous relationship to another. That's right -- whether we like to believe it or not, we're "serial monogamists."

So in short, if you're wondering why a breakup with someone you truly love often feels like getting kicked smack-dab in gut, it's actually your brain attempting to assess what just happened and how it's going to deal with it.

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What a broken heart actually does to your brain
Kris Jenner, 58, looked fabulous arriving at Chanel's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, France, despite recently filing for divorce from hubby Bruce Jenner. So much for their 22-year marriage. (AP)

Ciara, 28, has been punching up the fierce looks since her breakup with rapper fiancé Future. She arrived at the launch of CR Fashion Book N.5 in Paris on September 30 is this cleavage-baring shear number.(AP)

Jennifer Lopez, 45, has looked stunning since her split from choreographer/dancer Casper Smart last spring. The "Booty" singer put her best foot forward at the MTV Video Music Awards in a sizzling cutout gown. (AP)

Britney Spears has been unstoppable since her breakup with David Lucado. Post-split the popstar chopped her hair into a chic bob and launched lingerie line 'The Intimate Collection.' That seems like a surefire way to snag another main squeeze. (Getty Images)

Gwyneth Paltrow's 'conscious uncoupling' hasn't exactly slowed the Academy Award Winner down. Gwynnie, 42, looked gorgeous before her September 3 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," in a black dress and has even been supportive of ex-hubby Chris Martin's new relationship with "Hunger Games" actress Jennifer Lawrence. (RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Paula Patton, 38, has never looked better since splitting with her "Blurred Lines" hubby in early 2014. The "2 Guns" actress  arrived at HBO's Post Emmy in August in barely-there ensemble.(AP)

Antonio Banderas' split from long-time wife Melanie Griffith in June has left the star looking like one sly fox. The Latin heartthrob, 54, suited up for the Zurich Film Festival and definitely caught our attention. Muy caliente (Getty)

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki (right) has looked radiant since professional golfer Rory McIlroy broke off their engagement in May, not to mention that her game has improved significantly. The blonde babe popped a pose in a red hot number with U.S. Open 2014 tennis champion Serena Williams on September 9. (AP)

Jennifer Lawrence didn't mess around in this Dior outfit in Paris. The stunning star, who split with her on-again-off-again beau Nicholas Hoult, last spring hasn't skipped a beat in the fashion department since her breakup. Her too-hot-to-handle looks paid off, since the "Hunger Games" hottie has already been cozying up to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.  (Getty Images)

Lana del Rey, 29, has been looking super sexy since her three-year relationship with musician Barrie-James O'Neil ended in June. The singer smouldered at the "Child of God" premiere in a white two-piece frock paired with a sweet set of sandals. (Getty)
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