It’s truly unsettling when somebody gives us the silent treatment. It’s even more anxiety-inducing when it’s somebody who has some relative power over us like a boss, a parent, a lover, or even a friend whom we hold in high esteem.
The enforced silence becomes thick, cloying, and terribly stifling. Especially if you aren’t in the wrong, silent treatment is an awful way to manipulate somebody’s emotions especially when an obvious fix is a simple bout of sincere communication.
The next time somebody gives you the cold shoulder and it’s unwarranted, don’t be intimidated! Calm and center yourself by reading these silent treatment quotes.
The silent treatment makes you feel unheard, unloved, and unimportant. It’s torture and emotional abuse.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Silence isn’t always agreement. Sometimes people no longer argue because they no longer care. – Joyce Rachelle
And they lived happily (aside from a few normal disagreements, misunderstandings, pouts, silent treatments, and unexpected calamities) ever after. – Jean Ferris
Don’t give people so much power over you that their silence leaves you questioning your worth.
The problem with when someone gives you “silent treatment” is that they won’t tell you about it. – Anil Sharma
Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. – Euripides
Speech is silver, silence is golden. – Thomas Carlyle
Words may sting but silence is that breaks the heart.
Saying nothing sometimes says the most. – Emily Dickinson
Silence is so freaking loud. – Sarah Dessen
Silence is sometimes the best answer. – Dalai Lama
Emotional abuse is any type of abuse that is not physical in nature. It can include everything from verbal abuse to the silent treatment, domination to subtle manipulation. – Beverly Engel
When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside. – Rumi
Silence ain’t no (treatment) treat meant! How many of us barely recognize these invisible and emotional lack of intelligence signs of the times…ain’t nobody grown got time for! Adults with a developed frontal cortex ought to be ashamed of this kind of behavior. Listen, learn to level up, turn around and reach one by example, in order to teach another. Be the change that beautifies your communication world. – Tracey Bond
I kept every emotion locked up tight inside. I knew Leo was deeply hurt by my silence, and I liked hurting him, liked sharing my pain. Misery loves company, and I was a big hole of darkness, drawing everyone around me into my despair. – Ann Mayburn, Obsession
Silence is argument carried out by other means. – Ernesto Che Guevara
My kicking and screaming is only to give you time to reconsider; You ought to know my silence is the sharpest arrow in my quiver!!!!!!!!!! – Renee’ A. Lee
Until you feel sick of the presence of emotionally detached men and begging them to do right by you, they keep camping in your yard, offering you silent treatments each time a conflict arises. – Elelwani Anita Ravhuhali, From Seeking To Radiating Love: Evolution is unavoidable in the process of overpowering doubt
What many may call ‘the silent treatment’ is sometimes merely a matter of some individual being angry while trying not to be angry, that internal war and self-reflection on whether or not the bomb should be dropped, and if so, in what way shall it be dropped. – Criss Jami
Is your conscience giving you the silent treatment? – Frank Sonnenberg, Listen to Your Conscience: That’s Why You Have One
History will judge me… I shall remain silent. – Mobutu Sese Seko
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. – Josh Billings
Silent treatment in relationship is often a sign of selfishness and weakness! – Malbro Kingston
Powerful words that penetrate the psyche are not forgotten while silence is. – Donna Lynn Hope
We have treated our most serious adversaries, such as Iran and North Korea, in the most juvenile manner – by giving them the silent treatment. In so doing, we have weakened, not strengthened, our bargaining position and our leadership. – Theodore C. Sorensen
Created a word game to play with a person you’re fighting with. Silent Treatment. Nothing happens until one of you quietly says, Hey, you hungry? – Dane Cook
When your woman gives you the silent treatment, say you’re sorry, or you’ll find out how truly sorry you are when her monolog resumes. – Wes Fesler
Ooh, the silent treatment. – Ally Carter
Don’t question yourself when someone gives you the silent treatment. The person giving the silent treatment has not matured enough to realize that problems are not solved through silence, but through communication.
Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all. – Mandy Hale
The worst expression of the Prophet’s (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) anger towards his wife was that he would remain silent. – Nouman Ali Khan
Go ahead give me the silent treatment! Quite frankly I look forward to the peace and quiet.
The older I got, the more apparent it became that my mother was losing control over me. She fought back fiercely with black moods, silent treatments and martyrdom. And, of course, all she did was run my ass out of the house even quicker. The pressure was unbearable. – George Carlin
Giving someone the silent treatment speaks volumes about your character. – Ralph Downey