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Divorce and Break Up: Social Trends and Emotional Responses
Transcript of Divorce and Break Up: Social Trends and Emotional Responses
Divorce and Breakup: Social Trends and Emotional Responses
By: Joanna Shin, Royce Abela,
Tyiesha Everett, Victoria Vazquez
The Twitter Study
Healing from Divorce
Journaling/Expressive Writing (Positive)
Break-ups can result in negative outcomes such as depression, loneliness, distress, and a loss of self or sense of who you are as a person.
The Ted Talk & Website
More Graphs :D
Having lots of
Having friends in
Appear in lots of
together & check out each other's
This figure represents the number of Twitter relationship dissolutions analyzed in the study, and the same number also represents the relationships that stayed in-tact.
The time period in which this study took place.
Inverse variation between relationship length and breakup probability
Become more self-centered
Stability in religion & spirituality
Curse life for what has happened
Messages between partners decrease
Messages to other users increase
Number of original tweets go down (i.e. more retweets
Sudden drop of about 20 followers/friends after a breakup
Only 10% average with non-breakup couples
Increases before & after breakup: 12%-14%
Rejectees are more depressed than rejectors.
Occurred with 38% of breakup couples
Occurred with 10% of non-breakup couples
Focus on the positive aspects of experiences while minimizing negative emotions.
Expressive writing or journaling focuses on cognitive-processing, simple format, and a successful track record.
Three groups wrote at home for 15-30 minutes daily for three consecutive days without receiving any feedback from the experimenter.
Focusing the writing on the positive aspects of a breakup allows for one to experience beneficial feelings including comfort, confidence, empowerment, energy, happiness, optimism, relief, satisfaction, thankfulness, and wisdom.
This method is most effective in the case of a mutual breakup.
Asking confidently for what you want, but politely saying no for what you don’t
Conveys accurate feelings
Allows growth within relationship
Helps to maintain self confidence
Resentment of partner and relationship
Eventual loss of relationship
Feelings of inferiority
Types of Communication:
is not being able to express yourself easily
is screaming or using violence to make a point
is expressing yourself without the anger
Assertion in Reducing Stress
Saying "no" all the time makes one vulnerable to taking on too much responsibility.
Provides clear-cut expectations of a relationship
Temporary initial stress, but more advantageous in the long run
Assess your style of communication
Use “I” and not “you” statements
Practice saying "no"
Use body language
Keep emotions in check
Tossing and turning at night because of your breakup?
Breakup>Stress>Cortisol Released>High Cortisol Levels>Difficulty Sleeping>Further Difficulties
Conjure up a random
melody of thoughts
Trust it'll happen
Deep Breathing: 4-4-4
Keep a consistent bed time. Changing bedtimes affects the melatonin that's produced, which helps our body sleep.
The use of electronics through light exposure inhibits melatonin production (2-3 hrs before bed).
Keep the mindset that your bed is for sleep (only). Its adaptation for other purposes disassociates your bed with sleeping.
No stimulants within hours of bedtime:
o Caffeine has a metabolic half-life (5-7 hours), which means its takes 5-7 hours for your body to eliminate half of it from your body.
o Nicotine is physiologically arousing, opposing the process to fall asleep (shorter metabolic half-life than caffeine but has same effect).
Exercise, but not within ours of bedtime: regular exercise can help regulate sleep, but doing so right before bedtime will disrupt falling asleep.
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