Dealing with silence is something that many people seem to overlook when it comes to talking about abuse and manipulation as a whole. Although it is a common tactic, few people know that it can cause serious harm.
For example, if someone doesn’t like your opinion of something or tries to get you to do things their way, they may completely ignore you and try to get you to cave in, which is not right. This makes you feel wrong and most of the time you don’t even know why you are being ignored. Of course, the person ignoring you may still be in the same house as you, but emotional separation is painful at times like this.
Instead of sitting down and talking, manipulators simply look like ghosts to their partners to force them to give in to their will, and that in itself is something no one should tolerate. It becomes even more painful when you are already manipulated in another way and have no one to turn to except the person who refuses even to acknowledge your presence. Don’t get me wrong, walking away and cooling off in the heat of the moment is all well and good, but it seems that it is quite despicable to excite the person you love just because they have their own thoughts and opinions.
Hey, Sigmund wrote the following on his website about this:
The silent treatment is a way to inflict pain without visible bruising – literally.
Research has shown that the act of ignoring or excluding activates the same area of the brain that is activated by physical pain.
The best indicator of divorce is not whether a couple of fights – fights are inevitable – but how a couple of fights. The key to a good-time approach is how a couple treats each other in bad times.
Silence may be presented as a more appropriate response to the “royal road,” the road of grace and dignity, but research has shown that the opposite is true.
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