The Effects of Silent Treatment in Relationships

Has partner ever gave you the silent treatment? You tried communicating with them, but they refused to respond? Today, I will be dealing with the negative effects of silent treatment in Relationship and Marriage.

The silent treatment is a refusal to communicate verbally with another person. People who use the silent treatment may even refuse to acknowledge the presence of the other person.
People use the silent treatment in many types of relationship, including courtship and marriage.
It can sometimes be a form of emotional abuse. This is the case when one person uses it to control and manipulate the other.

This lessons will discuss the silent treatment, why people use it, and how individuals can respond to it. It also looks at how the silent treatment relates to abuse.

Why people use Silent Treatment?

People use the silent treatment for a number of reasons. These includes:

Avoidance

In some cases, people stay silent in a conversation because they do not know what to say or want to avoid conflict.

Communication

A person may use the silent treatment if they do not know how to express their feelings but want their partner to know that they are upset.
Punishment: If a person uses silence to punish someone or to exert control or power over them, this is a form of emotional abuse.

How it affects relationships

In most cases, using silent treatment is not a productive way to deal with a disagreement.
Research indicates that both men and women use the silent treatment in relationships. However, clear and direct communication is essential for healthy relationships. Using the silent treatment prevents couples from resolving their conflicts in a helpful way.

When one partner wants to talk about a problem but the other withdraws, it can cause negative emotions such as anger and distress. Partners who regularly feel ignored can develop lower levels of self-esteem, belonging, and meaning in their lives. because of this, the silent treatment can have an impact on the health of a relationship, even if the person who is silent is trying to avoid conflict.
A person with a partner who avoids conflict is more likely to continue a dispute because they have not had an opportunity to discuss their grievances.

Silent treatment is a silent relationship and marriage killer.

Pastor Adesola Ayodeji DSC

Dynamics Marriage Ministry

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