Love and relationships are messy affairs that need to be nourished privately and celebrated publicly. The thing is, when relationships don't work, things get a little chaotic. The guy goes out to get a few drinks with friends and the girl commiserates with hers, over ice cream and wine (or it could be the other way around).
The fact of the matter is, being dumped by someone hurts. The pain felt during a breakup is on par with the pain felt with other life changing events such as losing a job or even death in a family. The pain is so real that the person experiencing it will feel overwhelmed by sorrow. This is where the coping mechanisms come in.
With a loss of any kind, you will go through a natural response of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Going through these phases is not that clean and clear cut. You will sometimes get stuck in a phase, unable to move on. This could be a personal choice or it may be imposed on the individual by external forces. If you don't move on and accept the truth, maladaptive coping mechanisms start to develop. These are the destructive habits and life choices that form when an individual doesn't want to move on, or it may just very well be a sign that he or she has lost it.
12 Lamar Odom
11 Eva Longoria
10 Ryan Philippe
9 Nicole Kidman
8 Justin Timberlake
7 Britney Spears
This young siren was the "It" girl in the late 90s and early 2000s. She was given the appropriate title of being the "Pop Princess." With her signature raspy voice, she became successful in the U.S. and abroad. After her much publicized break up with Justin Timberlake, she became involved with a backup dancer, Kevin Federline. After a very surprising three month whirlwind romance, the two announced their engagement in 2004. They stayed together for only two years and had a messy custody battle over their children. It was during these times that Britney had a very public breakdown seen as constant out of control partying and drinking, reported substance abuse and violence against the paparazzi.
6 Selena Gomez
5 Owen Wilson
4 Kate Moss
3 Demi Moore
2 Miley Cyrus
1 Taylor Swift
When it comes to breaking up with a boy, no one does it better than Taylor Swift. It would seem that whenever she experiences a failed relationship, she would turn to writing the next big hit. In the course of her career, she's had many high profile relationships with equally famous boys. Basing on her songs, it's easy to see that this girl knows the pain of love. And, a girl with that kind of pain needs to do something to cope. With her breakup from Conor Kennedy she fell into the trap of self-pity and self doubt, stating herself that she wasn't normal and she doesn't know how to love normally. Her breakup with Harry Styles however, reportedly drove her to drinking more than usual. But, everything's all well and good because her close friend Selena Gomez is always there for her... Oh, wait.
Sources: vanityfair.com, perezhilton.com, hollywoodlife.com, dailymail.co.uk, nydailynews.com
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