Do you find yourself shutting down during arguments? What about your partner? Stonewalling, also known as “the silent treatment,” can be a common defense mechanism against conflict within a relationship. It may feel safer to emotionally remove yourself from an argument, whether it is through silence, refusal to engage, or avoiding your partner.
However, stonewalling is detrimental as a long-term strategy, since it prevents communication and problem-solving. Check out some tips here in order to prevent stonewalling from damaging your relationship.