Has your partner, friend or family member ever ignored you when you tried to have an important discussion or addressed something significant to them? Have you ever been silenced by a toxic person’s silent treatment? You may have experienced what is known as “stonewalling.”
Stonewalling and the silent treatment are some of the most devastating forms of emotional violence. These abusive behaviors affect the same parts of the brain that register physical pain. Being stonewalled by a toxic narcissist can often times be as injurious to the psyche as physical torment.
To read more about the effects of stonewalling and how it works to undermine the victim, be sure to read my latest article:
Stonewalling And The Silent Treatment: When The Narcissist’s Silence Is Deafening
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About Shahida Arabi, Bestselling Author
Shahida Arabi is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University graduate school, where she studied the effects of bullying across the life-course trajectory. She is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of three books, including Becoming the Narcissist’s Nightmare: How to Devalue and Discard the Narcissist While Supplying Yourself, featured as a #1 Amazon Bestseller in three categories and as a #1 Amazon bestseller in personality disorders for twelve consecutive months after its release. Her most recent book, POWER: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse, was also featured as a #1 Amazon best seller in Applied Psychology.
She is the founder of the popular blog for abuse survivors, Self-Care Haven, which has millions of views from all over the world. Her work has been shared and endorsed by numerous clinicians, mental health advocates, mental health professionals and bestselling authors.
For her undergraduate education, Shahida graduated summa cum laude from NYU where she studied English Literature and Psychology. She is passionate about using her knowledge base in psychology, sociology, gender studies and mental health to help survivors empower themselves after emotional abuse and trauma. Her writing has been featured on The National Domestic Violence Hotline, Salon, The Huffington Post, MOGUL, The Meadows, Thought Catalog and Harvard-trained psychologist Dr. Monica O’Neal’s website.
One thought on “Stonewalling And The Silent Treatment: The Narcissist’s Silence As An Abuse Tactic”
Everything you mentioned in your article has happened to me, including the “you need therapy” statement.
Great article. I forwarded it to my attorney who deals with a lot of abuse victims. I’m also reblogging on my own blog.
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