I ran across this in my reading today.
“When love doesn’t work, we hurt. Indeed, “hurt feelings” is a precisely accurate phrase, according to psychologist Naomi Eisenberger of the University of California. Her brain imaging studies show that rejection and exclusion trigger the same circuits in the same part of the brain, the anterior cingulate, as physical pain. In fact, this part of the brain turns on anytime we are emotionally separated from those who are close to us.”
Excerpt From: Johnson, Sue. “Hold Me Tight.”
Well, that explains a lot about the past few months, and especially the past week. I guess this is the “new normal.”