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Ever heard the term “Don’t feed the trolls?” Here comes the science on why it’s true in real life, too.

From NBC:

Giving someone the silent treatment may not always be such a bad thing. It may actually be a good way to deal with someone who is acting like a jerk, a new study finds.

The research reveals there are benefits to cutting off conversation with a person who is being obnoxious: It’s not as draining on your mental resources, you avoid conflict with someone offensive, and it’s much simpler than getting into a heated discussion.

That’s because the silent treatment can speak volumes, even when someone is not saying a word or limiting their conversation to short or one-syllable responses.

From a psychological standpoint, this brush-off technique is largely viewed in a negative light. It’s considered a manipulative way to communicate dissatisfaction and a passive form of rejection.

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