A distant acquaintance of mine has recently broken up with her boyfriend, intending for him to chase her. She expected to have him begging for her back so that she could feel justified in having some fun before returning to him. Now, this guy is no slouch. He was active combat in the military for a few years, he puts my deadlifts to shame, he likely doesn't have time for this bullshit, so he's not exactly what I'd call beta. His response to her "I think we need to be done," was basically "OK, bye."
Cue the hamster. I've never witnessed this much hamstering first hand. She is absolutely obsessing over him, saying she loved him so much, apologizing over text, yelling about him ignoring her... It's quite the show. Here's a sampling of the hamstering gold I overheard from this girl during a big group hang out the other day:
"Well, obviously, we're going to get back together. He totally misses me."
"Does he look like his eyes are red in that picture? Do you think he was crying last night?"
"Did he fucking block me? Why won't he respond to my texts!?"
"I just, like, need to have a threesome or something really crazy." (Then, 5 minutes later:) "I don't think I'm gonna have sex for a while. I probably won't even masturbate."
"I dunno. I think I'm just going to move on."
"I think we are supposed to be together but we just jumped in too soon so, like, we're on break."
"Well, [some military guy she Facebook stalks] is pretty hot so maybe I'll date him instead."
"Well, [beta orbiter] is nice and all but he's just... I dunno, he's just kind of gay. He sounds so gay. He'd be gay in another life."
"I think I need to go back to my home town for a few weeks and find myself."
"Why the fuck is he on Tinder!?"
Some of her friends, who I know better than I, confirm that he is all she can think about, and the only thing she talks about. She's always texting someone about him, or checking her social networks, or somehow obsessing... this guy consumes her thoughts.
You'd think, after all this time, I would stop being amazed at how true all this TRP shit is. But it always ends up being so goddamn true.
TL;DR: Girl breaks up with boyfriend. Boyfriend says "OK, bye" instead of fighting for her. Her world is suddenly consumed by him. TRP is real.