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The Silent Treatment: A Tactic of Abuse and Control

Applying The Silent Treatment To A Partner

Stone-cold silence is often accompanied by total denial over any problem, which further infuriates the other person.

Sometimes the silent treatment is a ‘mild’ one where the person emotionally cuts off from the partner but is not totally silent.

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The Silent Treatment: A Tactic of Abuse and Control

The Silent Treatment: A Tactic of Abuse and Control

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/invisible-chains/202009/the-silent-treatment-tactic-abuse-and-control

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Key Ideas

The Silent Treatment

In a relationship, a partner uses ‘the silent treatment’ on the other to make them feel hurt, punished and alienated, manipulating their emotions.

Being isolated or ghosted by a partner is a sort of abuse that hurts more than being yelled or shouted at.

Applying The Silent Treatment To A Partner

Stone-cold silence is often accompanied by total denial over any problem, which further infuriates the other person.

Sometimes the silent treatment is a ‘mild’ one where the person emotionally cuts off from the partner but is not totally silent.

How To Respond To The Silent Treatment

  1. Don’t Isolate: Maintain healthy relationships with family and friends to avoid feelings of loneliness.
  2. Hobbies: Engage in reading books or doing art, which can help us stay stable and strong, and can act as an outlet for our feelings.
  3. Don’t Be A Victim Of Percepticide: Do not allow your opinions, desires and wants to be erased or sidelined.
  4. See A Therapist: Seek professional help if needed.
  5. Decide How Much You Can Take: See a domestic violence expert if things are beyond your limits.
  6. End The Relation: If facing hostility and cruelty, seek to end the relationship and set yourself free.

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