People who cocoon come to terms with who they are without their previous roles dominating them

They work through an identity crisis and take time out, psychologically speaking, for soul searching. Little by little, out of solitude grows a more resilient self, anchored in a revised set of core values and sense of peace, all the while challenged by new purpose and passion. 1

In this time of cocooning, we’ve felt vulnerable – to COVID, in our livelihoods, to differences that have divided relationships, to chaos and injustice in our neighborhoods and across the national and global landscape

And that sensitivity is characteristic of cocooning, when the caterpillar literally turns to goo and reforms her very identity.