Dating after breakup hard
Sloan Professor of Behavioral Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
"When bad things happen, the future is not as gloomy as we think," he says.
20 online issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
"What is this misguided prediction causing people to do?
Is it causing people to stay in relationships longer [even if they are not ideal] because they think it will be awful to break up?
If the relationship had ended, they answered questions about their distress level over the next three months.
The researchers compared the predicted distress with actual distress at four different time points after the breakup.