My boyfriend of 5 years has given me silent treatment for 2 weeks. We fought over something he had done to hurt my feelings. He resorted to name calling and bringing up my faults. He also accused me of cheating and told me I disgusted him. He then stopped talking to me. I have tried to break the silence with, "have a good day" but am met with a slamming door and even more silence. He avoids me until bedtime. I cry myself to sleep and wake up crying. What should I do?

Answer

You don't say if this is the first time your boyfriend has given you the silent treatment, or if there is is a history of abuse. Nonetheless, two weeks is a long time not to speak to you. He also appears unmoved by your tears and may even be pleased that you are feeling so distressed. All couples argue, but this is taking matters to an unhealthy level.

It's time for you to take control. You need to stop moping and stop crying. It also isn't healthy for you to continue living in this toxic environment. Do you have anywhere safe where you could stay for a while? You don't have to move out permanently, but just enough time to give yourself and your boyfriend a little space to think the situation through.

You may also want to consider counseling, although it doesn't appear that your boyfriend would be receptive to this, at the moment.

What is most concerning, is that this does appear to be a control tactic that your boyfriend is using. He is punishing you and making sure that you do not step out of line again. Removing yourself from this situation is the only way to move forward.

Updated on September 18, 2019

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7 Shocking Facts About the Silent Treatment in a Relationship and Why It's Abusive
By C L Grant
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