Giving you the Silent Treatment!

The silent treatment is part of what’s called a “demand-withdraw” pattern. It happens when one partner pressures the other with requests, criticism or complaints and is met with avoidance or silence…
“Partners get locked in this pattern, largely because they each see the other as the cause,” says Schrodt. “Both partners see the other as the problem.” Ask the wife — whom research shows is more often the demanding partner — and she’ll complain that her husband is closed off, emotionally unavailable. Ask the husband and he’ll say he might open up if she’d just back off.
Regardless of the role each partner plays, the outcome is equally distressing.
“One of the most important things we found is that even though wife-demand/husband-withdraw occurs more frequently, it’s not more or less damaging,” he says. No matter what part each partner plays, it’s the pattern itself that’s the problem. “It’s a real, serious sign of distress in the relationship.”-Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story where two partners are involved in the silent treatment dynamic.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you used the silent treatment or someone used it on you. How did it feel? What did it accomplish?

Art Prompt: The silent treatment

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the damage that the silent treatment can cause in a relationship and give them alternative ways of handling disputes.

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