What the ‘silent treatment’ says about your relationship

A meta-analysis of 74 studies, including 14,000 participants, shows ‘demand-withdraw’ pattern is a sign of distress in relationships. The silent treatment is part of what’s called a “demand-withdraw” pattern. It happens when one partner pressures the other with requests, criticism or complaints and is met with avoidance or silence. “It’s the most common pattern of conflict in marriage or any committed, established romantic relationship,” says one author. “And it does tremendous damage.”

Click here to read a summary of the research at Science Daily.