The truth about giving the narcissist the silent treatment!
Today I want to clarify a few things in this article surrounding the Silent Treatment. I will be talking about when the Narcissist gives us the Silent treatment and when we give a Narcissist the silent treatment. Which are two different things by the way.
Because when we go silent, it is not for the same reasons that a Narcissist would, and the objective is not the same. But I will get more into that in a bit. I have done a few articles covering this topic. For example, in this article, I looked at How To Handle The Silent Treatment, and I addressed how to go about giving the Narcissist the Silent Treatment the right way and how the Narcissist will respond to it.
For many people, no contact is not an option, and because Narcissists are everywhere, it is not even possible to go No Contract from every Narcissist out there, so this is why knowing of other ways to navigate around these Narcissists is so important. Silence and being emotionally unavailable are the best ways to deal with a Narcissist and protect your emotional health. How we practice the silent treatment should be different from how the Narcissist does it because although the silent treatment is a favorite of the Narcissist, they use it to manipulate and punish people.
The Narcissist usually initiates a silent treatment when we challenge them, call them out on their bad behavior or tell them No. They also go silent when they are up to no good because they are either preoccupied with a new source of supply or scheming to destroy someone.
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