Introduction to Heartbreak Philosophy

Heartbreak Philosophy. Photo Credit – Flickr: jef safiHeartbreak philosophy creates a discussion about what differentiates heartbreak from other feelings of sadness.

If you label a circumstance “heartbreaking,” what has occurred? What emotions make up this state that make it specifically heartbreak?

Love gone wrong is a common cause for the claim of a broken heart.

When you lose something that you love—something you want to keep—you become nauseatingly aware that you never had it in the first place.

The realization that your ideal situation has crumbled, or was never solid to begin with, leads to feelings of heartbreak.

Although those feelings exist, heartbreak philosophy covers the instances that lead up to heartbreak, and what happens post-heartbreak affects humans more than the perception of a broken heart.

How we react and respond to future heartbreak influences our outlooks on our lives and how we conduct ourselves—how we carry on (or don’t carry on).

Overcoming heartbreak isn’t a one-step activity or even a mindset; it’s an assessment process that requires self-examination and critical choices.

Once you define heartbreak as a more complex issue than hurt feelings over defunct or unrequited love, you have a foundation to remedy the ailment.

Merriam-Webster defines the words “heartbreak” and “philosophy”:

Heartbreak: crushing grief, anguish, or distress

Philosophy: an analysis of the grounds of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs

How does heartbreak philosophy differ from these basic definitions?

If we believe that we are experiencing heartbreak, tangible consequences stem from that belief. Heartbreak has the ability to shape your identity in positive and negative ways.

Since it’s a recurring fact of life, each experience you have with it creates an opportunity to develop and grow as a human being.

Heartbreak is an interesting state because although it is a reality, no one wants it to stay around for long. The symptoms of heartbreak become overwhelmingly painful. We feel defeated and seek to avoid suffering or diminish it as quickly as possible.

Getting over heartbreak is the desirable result when heartbreak occurs in someone’s life.

However, do we miss a self-development opportunity if we overcome heartbreak prematurely? What can the presence of heartbreak teach us before it fades away?

Heartbreak philosophy treats the cause and ramifications of heartbreak rather than the self-indulgent symptoms of a broken heart that most people magnify and lose themselves in.

Get Over HeartbreakStefanie Flaxman is the creator of @RevisionFairy and author of a new book about heartbreak.

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