Silence

A heart rending post on how silence can hurt us.

Pascale's Healing Journey

kristina-flour-185592 (1)Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.Mother Teresa

While travelling by train to visit a friend in Bristol, I started reading the first book on my Summer Reading List: Untangled by Alexis Rose. It is a heart wrenching story of abuse but also of courage and hope.  One sentence took my attention: “The silence is the worst sometimes. Along with the moment when an abusive event ends the silence is sometimes the most uncomfortable part of being hurt.” It reminded me of all the times when his silence hurt me and made me feel worthless.

Many emotional manipulators use the silent treatment to undermine, invalidate and ultimately control the other person.  It is often exerted to avoid accountability, personal responsibility or conflict resolution. It can takes various forms such as not responding to a text or message, ignoring a comment or question…

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