So does being bullied. And not in a good way.
And then there's your brain on learned helplessness. Somewhat simplistic, but a useful look at a painful, destructive phenomenon.
And in good news, your brain on self-affirmation of your core values.
People need communities that support and validate them. One of the powerful roles that religion plays in many lives is the weekly, daily affirmation of identity and values. That's why it can be so devastating if every week you're being told that who you are, what you want, who you love is wrong and disgusting and unnatural. For me, that included fiction, feminism, other women, and BDSM. No wonder I grew up believing myself to be a monster. And church was the positive, supportive environment for me, when home was violent and emotionally abusive and school was a minefield because I was socially inept at an epic level.
These days my community, friendships, chosen family, religion, and partners all affirm my values.
So what's your brain on lately? And how do you remember who you are even in the most disorienting circumstances?