|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication|
|Editors||Charles R Berger, Michael E Roloff|
|State||Published - 2016|
Silence is an inherent part of interactions often serving the functions of allowing time for focused thought, turn-taking, and showing deference. However, silence can also be used as a strategy to hurt someone. A literature has developed that focuses on the silent treatment. This entry will examine the nature of the silent treatment, factors that prompt sources to use it and the consequences of receiving it.