Time does heal a broken heart, but how long?
Three months or about 11 weeks, according to a new study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.
The research, conducted by Gary Lewandowski and Nicole Bizzoco of Monmouth University, New Jersey, was based on interviews of 155 people who had split up with their partners in the last six months, MailOnline reports.
They found that 71 percent of the respondents started seeing positive aspects of the break-up in just a short period of time.
The study said that those who are able to make it through the first three months could be described as having left the “recovery zone”, a period characterized by painful adjustments and healing.
After 11 weeks, people start feeling better about themselves and develop strategies to cope with the split.
However, the research focused on short-term relationships.
The healing process for couples who got divorced is a bit longer, according to another study.
A poll conducted by dating website Fifties.com found that it takes about 18 months to get over a failed marital union, or six times longer than the average adjustment period found in Lewandowski and Bizzoco’s study.
This is to be expected, says MailOnline. Most of those who enter marriage expect lifetime commitment for each other, and when the union shatters, the mending is harder.
One in six respondents found it hard to deal with feelings of failure, the Fifties survey shows.
And while 43 percent said that they felt a sense of relief after the divorce was completed, 31 percent said the heartbreak continued to haunt them.
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