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Apr 10

Jessica Recommends Heartbreak: A Personal & Scientific Journey

Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific JourneyHeartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey

Florence Williams


Jessica says:

Read this book if you are interested in the science related to heartbreak or loss.
The author takes readers on a journey through her own personal experience of grief and loss following heartbreak as well as the studies that go along with loss. The book is interesting because though the book is a memoir, she throughly takes us on a journey with her as she travels to have discussions with profound researchers about their studies regarding heartbreak, grief, and loss.
This is a wonderful book to assist in healing as well as to understand that you are not alone in your grief, and there are studies that showcase just that.

From the Publisher

“Keen observer [and] deft writer” (David Quammen) Florence Williams explores the fascinating, cutting-edge science of heartbreak while seeking creative ways to mend her own.

When her twenty-five-year marriage suddenly falls apart, journalist Florence Williams expects the loss to hurt. But when she starts feeling physically sick, losing weight and sleep, she sets out in pursuit of rational explanation. She travels to the frontiers of the science of “social pain” to learn why heartbreak hurts so much―and why so much of the conventional wisdom about it is wrong.

Soon Williams finds herself on a surprising path that leads her from neurogenomic research laboratories to trying MDMA in a Portland therapist’s living room, from divorce workshops to the mountains and rivers that restore her. She tests her blood for genetic markers of grief, undergoes electrical shocks while looking at pictures of her ex, and discovers that our immune cells listen to loneliness. Searching for insight as well as personal strategies to game her way back to health, she seeks out new relationships and ventures into the wilderness in search of an extraordinary antidote: awe.

With warmth, daring, wit, and candor, Williams offers a gripping account of grief and healing. Heartbreak is a remarkable merging of science and self-discovery that will change the way we think about loneliness, health, and what it means to fall in and out of love.

The Author

Florence Williams is the author of Breasts, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Nature Fix. A contributing editor at Outside magazine, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and many other outlets. She lives in Washington, DC.

About Jessica Zaehringer

Jessica Zaehringer, LCSWJessica is a psychotherapist based in Chicago Illinois.  Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and relaxed.  I believe firmly in the power of connection – especially when it comes to healing. Her clinical expertise fosters the therapeutic relationship as well as self-forgiveness and creates a safe, empathic, trauma-informed space to work together with her clients.

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