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How to Fix a Broken Heart

Narrated by: Guy Winch
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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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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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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Really enjoyed the story telling.

Some real advise... I look forward to my mended ❤️ thank you very much

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very pragmatic and helpful

I decided to buy the audio book after watching Guy's TED talk and I must say that I'm not at all disappointed!! He brings great depth and understanding to the subject with a clear and relatable style.
The whole book is full of substance and at no point did I feel like it dragged on meaninglessly. it helped me get through my separation far better than I was prior to hearing this.

Thanks very much Guy

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A great healing tool

This was the one thing that kick started me into recovery from my anguish and broken heart. thought it would never heal until listening to this book. there us now hope.

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Good read/listen

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

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  • Cameron Vakilian
  • 14-02-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2018

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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  • Stephen C.
  • 17-06-2019

A must read or just listen :)

If you are having a difficult time with everything after a breakup I suggest you to read or listen to this. It has been 6 months I still miss her yet I do what I can to move on and this book helps me know that there is better out there for me and to become the best version of myself. For anyone who is reading this I wish you the best n lots of love remember your not alone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-2019

Great stories very less insight on how tos

great content and stories. I hoped there was more information, guides and practical examples on how to fix a broken heart. how wholehearted people deal with heartbreaks etc.

I enjoyed his ted talks far better.

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  • David Calderilla
  • 13-02-2019

breakups suck. dr winch helped.

such a great book. truly helped me find the tools to mend my heart. thanks.

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  • Fargo
  • 29-01-2019

new perspective

focused on broken hearts from relationships and loss of a pet. But the information can be translated to many areas easily. It's a fresh perspective that's not too clinical and not too touchy feely.

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  • Adam
  • 18-10-2019

exceptional, helpful, and thought provoking. T

This man absolutely knows how the this stuff works and he will help you if you only sit and listen and reflect. wonderful.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 11-10-2019

Will help you put things into perspective.

Mind blowing. Empathy is they new paradigm. Love his voice and the message. Cried several times hearing the stories of his patients.

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  • Ian Hay
  • 23-09-2019

Is a break-up, as bad, as a broken bone?

Really impressive book, relating how a break-up can be as devastating, as a physical injury. I wouldn't have given it a second thought: until, I heard the stories of how quickly we are to judge those, who can't get over a breakup or the loss of a pet...

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  • JssicaTsng
  • 04-09-2019

Love Guy Winch

I had a great emotional rollercoaster listening to this audiobook. This helps me with my recent loss for my dog Coco and will recommend it to anyone who had experienced loss or know anyone who is currently going through losses to better help them to cope with the situations.

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  • Angus
  • 15-06-2018

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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  • N. J. Keeley
  • 04-09-2019

Invaluable listening!

This book has helped me identify so much of my own heartache behaviours and helped me feel positive about a route forwards
Would definitely recommend to those suffering from The despair of heartbreak

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  • Slp gain
  • 01-09-2019

Cathartic and Practical

Speaks unspoken truths of the brokenhearted. Cathartic and practical at the same time. Highly recommended.

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  • Bob
  • 26-08-2019

Love this book

I really loved this book. It showed me that I was not alone and the steps i can take to recover. I was rejected 4 years ago and suffered emotionally. Every now and then I would check her social media and damage myself emotionally more. I love the example in this book of a patient who ruminate over his high school lover 20 years ago. I have realised that what I'm going through is emotional pain and am now following the steps to recovery.

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  • rohit kohli
  • 10-06-2019

comforting

the narrative is extremely soothing and the stories that the dr brings out arevery relevant. i will be visiting this book multiple times through this very difficult journey of mine.

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  • ayo
  • 22-03-2019

I enjoyed it.

Sometimes it was a bit pedestrian specifically the last chapter but I liked it overall. A nice wake up call to be more compassionate.

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  • Zizi
  • 05-02-2019

Not helpful at all

Didn’t really help with the broken heart! The stories are so long which is almost all the book.

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  • FrenchTeacher
  • 31-10-2018

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
  • 10-10-2018

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
  • 04-08-2018

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.