Stonewalling, a.k.a. The Silent Treatment: What’s going on?

Stonewalling, a.k.a. The Silent Treatment:  What’s going on?

When acute or chronic negativity is present in a relationship, it is not uncommon for one person, usually the husband, to start stonewalling. The person stonewalling may avoid eye contact, focus on something outside the discussion (like a computer, newspaper, project), refuse to talk,  or leave the room. Stonewalling is also known as ‘the silent treatment.’ Says John P. Gottman, PhD, “The stonewaller is really trying to calm down and not...

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