Dealing with the silent treatment, especially from someone you love, can be one of the worst experiences ever. Some would prefer their partner be loud and angry for a few hours rather than silent and brooding for a few days. The frustration of being ignored can actually cause more harm than any words spoken, and the connection between you and the person giving you the silent treatment can be weakened…even to the point of the end of the relationship.
But sometimes, giving someone the silent treatment can be a good thing. While it may seem that not talking to someone you’re angry or upset with is a petty and childish way to handle the situation, sometimes not saying anything can keep you from escalating an argument or, surprisingly, to help you get your point across in a more concise way. After all, arguing can be seen as a tug-of-war of continuous fighting, while silence can be an art. If you’ve been known to get in trouble with your mouth, consider these benefits of biting your tongue…just for a little while.