Shunning, stonewalling, the silent treatment. Whatever you want to call it, avoidance in communication is a manipulative and strategic tactic intended to frustrate and alienate the recipient. The person receiving the silent treatment might begin to question whether the sender is upset, why they're upset and begin trying to interpret messages in behavior.

Sound familiar?

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation used to cause doubt in an individual. Tactics include the withholding of information and diverting attention, all with the intention of increasing personal control and power in a relationship.

Like gaslighting, the silent treatment is used to change another person's behaviors and thought process by means other than direct discussion and constructive argument.

Disagreement is inevitable within platonic and romantic relationships, even healthy ones, but being upset does not need to translate to conflict. Actively attending and