Silence. I hate silence. More than that, I hate the way that silence is used as a weapon in relationships. There is nothing more painful or hurtful in my experience.
I don’t know when things get so bad that there is absolutely nothing to say. Like, all of the good stuff disappears in an instant and is replaced with nothingness. Because that is all you are worth to the person now. Nothing.
Sometimes I am incredibly envious of a persons ability to revert to silence in tricky situations. Because I am a talker, I always have been. I can’t just give up, I will always want to talk things through, to explain, to make things better. To fix.
Do people say nothing at all simply because they don’t know what to say? Or do they just know it’s the best way to make me crazy?!?! Or are they just not bothered enough to make the effort?
Either way. It’s the worst possible form of punishment in challenging relationship situations.