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Hating Your Ex Necessary To Move On, Study Finds

First Posted: 05/12/10 08:34 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:25 PM ET

Break Up Study

A new study out of the University of Utah puts into science what many of us may have already known: that trashing your ex after a breakup makes you feel better. And there's more -- the study says that ex-bashing may actually stave off depression.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
has more:

The study involved 65 undergraduates who had recently broken up with someone whom they had been dating for more than four months. Researchers asked them to fill out a questionnaire about their ex and also had them take a computer test that rated their reactions to negative words, including the name of their former boyfriend/girlfriend.


What they found was that people who indicated strong negative feelings about their ex in the immediate aftermath of the breakup were less likely to be depressed. The subjects were re-tested a month later, and those whose feelings had grown more negative also generally felt better.

The study was conducted by Christopher P. Fagundes and published in Cognition and Emotion.

What do you think? Slamming an ex -- yea or nay?

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Filed by Leah Finnegan  |