The Silent, Potentially Most Destructive Relationship Habit

Myleik Teele and I recently discussed the dangers of the silent treatment, which resonated with many of you. 

The basic definition of silent treatment is "a unwillingness to speak vocally with someone who desires the conversation." 

This is the quietest & possibly most harmful relationship habit. 

The quiet treatment involves ignoring someone after feeling insulted or disrespected. 

The communication strategy often punishes or provokes the target. If a friend's comment hurts you, you may use silent treatment to punish them by avoiding them. 

You may also want the target to acknowledge that your silence hurt them. The silent treatment is often about avenging a wrong.

 Retribution may sound dramatic, but anytime we hurt someone, we're gaining revenge.In partnerships like this, we all have our moments. 

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