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What You’re Saying When You Give Someone the Silent Treatment

theatlantic.com

The silent treatment goes by many names: shunning, social isolation, stonewalling, ghosting. Although psychologists have nuanced definitions for each term, they are all essentially forms of ostracism.

The silent treatment is a parti...

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“People use the silent treatment because they can get away with it without looking abusive to others,” Williams explained, “and because it’s highly effective in making the targeted individual feel bad.”

  • Passive personality types use it to avoid conflict and confrontation.
  • Stron...

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“In the short term, the silent treatment causes stress. In the long term, the stress can be considered abuse.”

In serious cases, ostracism can take a heavy toll whereby victims become anxious, withdrawn, depre...

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One way to prevent a conflict from curdling into ostracism is to say out loud the exact amount of time you’ll be taking a break and to establish a timeline for when you’ll pick the conversation back up.

But when someone is using the silent treatment to exclude, punish, or control, the victi...

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