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The negative effects of the Silent Treatment

“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In serious cases, ostracism can take a heavy toll whereby victims become anxious, withdrawn, depressed, or even suicidal.

But the silent treatment ultimately harms the person causing it, too.

Worse, the silent treatment can become addictive.

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