The first time it happened to me, I felt as lost, sad, and helpless as the puppy in the picture.
I thought my ex surely must be dead on the side of the road to not have called me for three days. Little did I know that that particular silent treatment was the first of literally hundreds to come.
For those in or getting out of a romantic relationship with a self-absorbed individual, the silent treatment can feel like a punishment worse than death.
The silent treatment is a form of emotional abuse typically employed by people with narcissistic tendencies.
Check the answer in each pair that comes closest to describing you.
Too much attention, though, is perceived as onerous and is avoided.
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What are the functions of Narcissistic Supply in the narcissistic pathology? Why does the narcissist devalue his Source of Secondary Narcissistic Supply (SSNS)? Could negative input serve as Narcissistic Supply (NS)? These cues reinforce in us certain behaviour patterns.
The target, who may possess high emotional intelligence, empathy, conflict-resolution skills, and the ability to compromise, may work diligently to respond to the deafening silence.
He or she may frequently reach out to the narcissistic person via email, phone, or text to resolve greatly inflated misunderstandings, and is typically met with continued disdain, contempt, and silence.
Divorce and Narcissism are a difficult combination. In times of danger the best thing to do is prepare. I wrote in my book about divorce: The first thing my husband’s attorney asked him was “Shall I hit her over the head with a 2×4?