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From the Ted Talk by Guy Winch: How to fix a broken heart

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For example, we know from _______ of heartbroken people that having a clear understanding of why the relationship ended is really _________ for our ability to move on. Yet time and again, when we are offered a ______ and honest ___________ like the one Rich _______ Kathy, we reject it. Heartbreak creates such dramatic emotional pain, our mind tells us the cause must be equally dramatic. And that gut instinct is so ________, it can make even the most __________ and ________ of us come up with mysteries and conspiracy theories where none exist. Kathy became convinced something must have happened during her romantic getaway with Rich that soured him on the relationship, and she became obsessed with figuring out what that was. And so she spent countless _____ going through every minute of that weekend in her mind, searching her memory for _____ that were not there. Kathy's mind tricked her into initiating this wild goose chase. But what compelled her to commit to it for so many months?

Solution

  1. studies
  2. explanation
  3. hours
  4. offered
  5. powerful
  6. measured
  7. important
  8. clues
  9. simple
  10. reasonable

Original Text

For example, we know from studies of heartbroken people that having a clear understanding of why the relationship ended is really important for our ability to move on. Yet time and again, when we are offered a simple and honest explanation like the one Rich offered Kathy, we reject it. Heartbreak creates such dramatic emotional pain, our mind tells us the cause must be equally dramatic. And that gut instinct is so powerful, it can make even the most reasonable and measured of us come up with mysteries and conspiracy theories where none exist. Kathy became convinced something must have happened during her romantic getaway with Rich that soured him on the relationship, and she became obsessed with figuring out what that was. And so she spent countless hours going through every minute of that weekend in her mind, searching her memory for clues that were not there. Kathy's mind tricked her into initiating this wild goose chase. But what compelled her to commit to it for so many months?

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