Friendships play a vital role in boosting our good health. As young children, the first relationships we start to navigate outside of our families are friendships, and friendships will be with us our entire lives in one way or another. Who we decide to spend our time with influences our personal, emotional, mental and spiritual development in significant ways.
The silent treatment can be a form of trying to contain our emotions not to hurt the other person in the heat of the moment. However, it can also be a form of ignoring a person to communicate power over them.
This is a fantastic explanation of how the stories we tell ourselves need exploring and reframing to a more compassionate, self-caring and self-valuing perspective. This process can help us say a healthy “no”. Check it out:
I have thoroughly enjoyed this little book by the Norwegian explorer, Erling Kagge. Here is why silence is so important.