What Is Stonewalling?

Stonewalling is negative conflict resolution in couples or relationships. It occurs when one partner decides to give the silent treatment, walk away, shut down or create a communication barrier during arguments. One partner ignores the other or engages in other activities to distract or withdraw from the arguments without listening or responding.

Why Is It Bad For Your Relationship?

From my experiences, stonewalling can be a red flag that the partnership is about to end. Stonewalling is toxic as it indicates that one partner is less committed to the relationship and is ready to detach. Ignoring your partner can induce emotional and psychological damage, lowering the bond in partners and triggering conflicts and frustrations.

Mental health expert
MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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