I guess we all know the feeling of being heartbroken. The nonstop crying, the headache, the baggy eyes, the hate, the loneliness and the list goes on. Most of us associate heartbreak with only the psychological effects, and forget how much of a tool this can have to our body. See, being heartbroken has so much more to do then just going into depression. Yes, it’s true we lose interest in many of the things we like, we stop to care about ourselves and others, we even lose our appetite. But let’s look at this on a deeper level. What happens when our body decides to react in accordance to our feelings? This can lead one to ask the following conflicting question; are we masters of our own body or is our body master of us? There are so many situations that can be used to answer this question, but I specifically wanted to focus on something that a lot of us can relate to. Being heartbroken can mean different things for different people. In order to get a better understanding of how our body works, I want to focus more so on the physical effects of being heartbroken than anything else. Usually when our heart is broken is because someone did something that hurt us to a point where we can lose connection with our body. It’s like our body has given up on us. We don’t want to get out of bed, we don’t want to eat, or talk to anybody it’s almost as if we were living in a different body. This goes back to our very first class discussion about how our body communicates silently but physically. We talked about Cortesian Dualism, this idea where the mind and the body are split. In this situation I think it’s the opposite, it’s more like the mind and the body are connected. The mind or the person is feeling hurt, lost, betrayed, alone, unworthy, used, as a result it tells the body to react a certain way. I would argue that the mind and the body are actually the same entities in this case. Maybe if we take a moment and ask ourselves how did our body reacted the last time someone decided to the ultimate “impossible” in other words hurt us. Was our mind in accommodation with our body or our body in accommodation with our mind.