Understanding the Silent Treatment: Manipulation and Punishment Through Communication Avoidance

The silent treatment can inflict deep emotional pain.

It is a form of emotional abuse where someone intentionally ignores or avoids communication with you as a means of punishment and control. It can be used by anyone who wants to exert power or manipulate a situation.

Did you know that narcissists love the silent treatment? It’s their secret weapon when they want to manipulate and inflict pain without causing visible evidence.

Research shows that when we ignore or exclude someone, it activates the same part of their brain as physical pain. Narcissists instinctively know that this is extremely hurtful and traumatizes those it’s used on (Eisenberger et al. 2004).

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Understanding the Silent Treatment: Manipulation and Punishment Through Communication Avoidance
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Narcissists love the silent treatment. It’s their secret weapon when they want to manipulate and hurt in a big way. Using the silent treatment is a way to inflict pain without causing visible evidence. Research shows that when we ignore or exclude someone, it activates the same part of their brain as physical pain does. Narcissists instinctively know that this manipulative technique is extremely hurtful. It’s traumatic to those it’s inflicted upon
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