Studies have shown that giving a friend, partner, or spouse the silent treatment is a classic signal that the relationship is in big trouble. Some researchers say it is one of the most common and most toxic patterns in a relationship. Some psychologists refer to it as a “demand-withdraw” patterns. One of the individuals complains or criticizes the other person, while that person withdraws and exhibits the “silent treatment.” Professor Paul Schrodt put it this way: “It’s the most common pattern of conflict in marriage or any committed, established romantic relationship. And it does tremendous damage.” Are you guilty of this behavior? If so, know that it represents low levels of Emotional Intelligence. You might be well-advised to take whatever steps are necessary to dump this behavior in favor of behaviors that can result in positive outcomes.