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The silent treatment

Are you able to stand this type of a treatment?

by Anonymousreply 3301/27/2013

Yes. I can outlast anyone in the silence wars.

by Anonymousreply 101/27/2013


by Anonymousreply 201/27/2013

I don't know what you mean by "stand" it. If someone doesn't want to talk to me, and won't use words to resolve a situation, he or she clearly has no interest in continuing the relationship. I say, "If and when you're interested in talking about this, you know where to reach me," and I leave.

by Anonymousreply 301/27/2013

+1 for R3. Unless you are 9, that behavior is unacceptable.

by Anonymousreply 401/27/2013

Defines passive aggressive.

by Anonymousreply 501/27/2013

I'm currently going through this with a friend, who is pissed off with me because I told him something he had done wasn't OK with me.

The thing is, it's hard to say who is giving whom the silent treatment, as I haven't called since we last saw each other.

But I'm not giving the "silent treatment" as any punishment; I just can't think of a good reason to see him.

I think the friendship is over.

by Anonymousreply 601/27/2013

I think that No Contact is perfectly valid as a response to a relationship break-up. It really doesn't matter whether you're the dumper or the dumpee - you're still causing pain to both parties if you stay in contact.

by Anonymousreply 701/27/2013

I can't stay silent for too long because I typically fart every half hour, like clockwork.

by Anonymousreply 801/27/2013

"Stand it?" I GIVE it.

by Anonymousreply 901/27/2013

It's exceptionally childish behavior.

I'll tolerate it once from someone if it is of brief duration and it is because he or she is so understandably angry with me after a fight they can't talk to me for a few days; that's no big deal.

But if it's ongoing or is a repeated pattern from someone it's intolerable--an extreme hostile form of passive-aggressive. I've ended friendships with people who have done it to me repeatedly or for too long.

by Anonymousreply 1001/27/2013

I get in bitchy moods where I dish the silent treatment, but I can't stand having the tables turned on me. It's petty and immature, I know, but that's what Avoidants from actual conflict even while feeding it.

by Anonymousreply 1101/27/2013

I am really wondering why men wouldn't be able to stand the silent treatment. Silent treatment is the best thing that ever happens to me. It gives me time to reflect on ideas instead of having to hear about "she did this" "he did that." I can finally reflect in ideas, concepts, and expand my mind without having to block out the daily noise of a girl yapping in my ear. When she gives me the silent treatment, it's a gift from above!

by Anonymousreply 1201/27/2013

It isn't avoidant behavior if you've given the other party every opportunity to acknowledge and understand your POV, and they still continue as they have done before. What is left but radio silence? Not everyone believes in big, noisy "breakups."

by Anonymousreply 1301/27/2013

R13 Interesting concept. I actually think that silent treatment is a good time to think about the other person's point of view and try to find a middle ground. Silence is good sometimes. It's good to interrupt arguments that are going nowhere with the purpose of thinking about how they can be mitigated.

by Anonymousreply 1401/27/2013

But when they know you are lying R13, it doesn't have any power.

by Anonymousreply 1501/27/2013

I've done it to a couple of controlling people in my life but only after they raged on me not doing what they wanted. I'd say it's an acceptable behavior when dealing with irrational people. Otherwise, it's immature.

by Anonymousreply 1601/27/2013

I wish women would give me the silent treatment. It would be a gift.

by Anonymousreply 1701/27/2013

People who engage in this are dead to me. It's beyond rude, and extremely immature. Non-contact is one thing but to deliberately remain in someone's orbit and 'cut them off' is pathetic in the extreme.

Adults that do this are psychos.

by Anonymousreply 1801/27/2013

R18 It depends. I prefer giving the "silent treatment" in this manner: Hey, let's just chill a bit and stop talking for a second. We need to think a little bit more about what we're saying.

I agree, though, that it's stupid to stay in that person's orbit. It's like saying "I won't talk to you and I'm going to stick around to see if it torments you." The best thing to do in that situation is not to respond at all to it and carry on as if though nothing happened. They get so pissed off after that!!

by Anonymousreply 1901/27/2013

I have no idea what you mean, R15. Certainly you do not know me. If anything, I communicate too much, for too long, wanting desperately to be sure I understand and am understood. When that fails, what is left?

by Anonymousreply 2001/27/2013

Well there you go again making it personal. A typical silent treatment is somebody who has been a close friend for years suddenly claims they never liked you and then stops speaking to you. Obviously it's a lie, but they pretend you are irrational if you don't "get it." Then they are well within their rights to make fun of you.

by Anonymousreply 2101/27/2013

That last line came off wrong. Then you are well within your rights to make fun of them to their face (of course not stalking or harrassing them).

by Anonymousreply 2201/27/2013

People who think they can resolve any conflict with the silent treatment is an immature and passive-aggressive. If you can't deal with talking it out or if the other person continues to disrespect your wishes, then end it.

by Anonymousreply 2301/27/2013

R23 Seriously, why isn't there a like button in DL?

by Anonymousreply 2401/27/2013

[quote]People who think they can resolve any conflict with the silent treatment is an immature and passive-aggressive.

In some cases, the conflict has been resolved, and you have been cut. Your rage is about not being able to appreciate that you were given the last word.

by Anonymousreply 2501/27/2013

R13 here. Just to be clear, I don't do silence to punish, be bitchy or passive aggressive. It's not because I was pissed you flirted with some other guy. Silence for me is permanent, when attempts on my part to repair or maintain the relationship have failed.

In no way is this a victory. I remember and grieve each one of those failures.

by Anonymousreply 2601/27/2013

[quote]The best thing to do in that situation is not to respond at all to it and carry on as if though nothing happened. They get so pissed off after that!!

And that's what I do, but it doesn't make it any less mouldy to have to deal with. Mostly because

[quote] It's like saying "I won't talk to you and I'm going to stick around to see if it torments you."

..and how do you begin to deal with someone operating on that level? It's Passive Aggressive Checkmate. Whatever you do, you lose. To have it pulled on you is very tiring. People are such shits.

by Anonymousreply 2701/27/2013

R27 That's why you continue your day. Ignore it totally. That person is dead to you for the moment. Don't even hunch over or look pissed. Go about your day, put on some cheerful music, put some pop-tarts in the toaster, etc.

That person can troll you no further after that.

by Anonymousreply 2801/27/2013

If I wanted to deal with bratty, childish behavior I'd have a kid. I don't tolerate it in adults.

by Anonymousreply 2901/27/2013

A former lover and I ended things due to his reluctance to commit to a relationship with me (I ended it). He on several occasions - while still being in the relationship he entered after we broke up - has attempted to contact me and "talk about our feelings." On the last occasion of coffee, after not seeing each other for over a year, a meeting intitiated by him, it became clear that he was still had the same partner. I drew the evening to a close and said that we shouldn't meet up unless we both were single. He agreed. We parted with a hug.

I ran into him accidentally two weeks afterwards and he made a point of walking by me within inches and he cut me dead, totally blanked me. I didn't see him as my back was turned, but he made eye contact with my friends, and they recognised each other - there is no doubt he would have seen me from 30 feet away before he approached, and then made a point of getting very close to me and then ignoring me with a glare on his face. I then saw him - which he had made sure that I would - and I watched him walk away, shaking his head to himself. It was mind-bogglingly painful to have him treat me this way, when I had never been anything but respectful towards him (and had always been polite about insisting on not having contact with each other if we weren't going to be in a relationship). I didn't call out to him.

The first paragraph details respectful "No Contact".

The second paragraph details the "Silent Treatment".

by Anonymousreply 3001/27/2013

I'd respond, OP, but I'm not speaking to you.

by Anonymousreply 3101/27/2013

Haha, good one

by Anonymousreply 3201/27/2013

I tend to do 'the silent treatment', but not as some high schoolish punishment. When I get angry I can truly be a nasty bitch and say really horrible hurtfull things. I tell the person that I need some time. Almost always I'll come back, an hour later, and try to have a rational conversation with them. I also explain that I went silent so I wouldn't have to apologize for that too. Almost everyone has understood.

When someone does it to me for more than a day, it hurts a bit at first, then I laugh about it to myself. If they are that childish I'm better off without them

by Anonymousreply 3301/27/2013
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