Study: The ‘Silent Treatment’ Actually Works

It turns out giving ‘the silent treatment’ isn’t just an argument tactic–  it could save your relationship. Researchers from California University in Los Angeles conducted a survey, and found that ignoring a partner’s demands is likely the best policy for those who make a low income, but it backfires among those who make more money. Study co-author, Professor Thomas Bradbury explains, saying, “Even though it’s easier for wealthier couples to access resources to address their relationship problems, it can also create higher expectations that partners will make accommodations for one another’s demands and needs that underlie their problems. But if those expectations are not met, rifts can occur in the relationship and exacerbate the existing problems.” The data also showed that women are more likely than men to be the demanders when it comes to the silent treatment.