Add yet another difference to how men and women think and process emotions: men and women handle break-ups differently.
A recent study shows that women feel the pain of a break-up more intensely. They also experience more physical pain and ailments associated with a break-up.
Women, however, seem to get over the pain faster than do men.
The researchers speculate that women feel more initial pain because of evolutionary reasons. If a woman reproduces, it requires a lot of time and resources (9 months of pregnancy and even more time breastfeeding, etc). Thus, it makes sense her brain will create a stronger bond with a high value man (at least in evolutionary terms). However, since men typically compete for women (i.e., men have to approach and initiate), attractive women often have dating opportunities arise after a break-up with little work on their part.
Men, on the other hand, may pine longer, because while a single woman likely will have multiple suitors competing for her attention, a man may find that he is unable (and unwilling after a break up) to compete to get a new woman. Even attractive men may find themselves dateless after a break-up if they aren’t willing to put in the work to meet new women.