- Maybe they like the way you fret over whether or not they're calling.
- Maybe they don't want to hear from you.
- Maybe they don't care to hear from you.
- Maybe they are focused on themselves.
- Maybe they enjoy the attention they get when you're so concerned about their level of mutuality.
- Maybe they revel in the way you become anxious to hear from them...
- Maybe they like the way you are so eager to hear from them when they finally answer their phone.
- Maybe they use withdrawal as a way to control you through intermittent reinforcement.
- Maybe they don't have time for you or the relationship.
- Maybe they feel threatened by the good stuff that's happening in your life.
- Maybe they are angry with you and trying to punish you.
- Does not respect you.
- Is trying to manipulate you.
- Wants to control you.
- Is exploiting you.
- Does not care about your feelings.
- Is pulling a power play.
- Doesn't want to be vulnerable.
- Wants to keep the upper hand.
- Is selfish.
- Does not feel the same way about you as you do about them.
- Does not care about your relationship.
- Would eventually throw you away if you didn't step-up to communicate again.
- Is sending a powerful message about your worth directly to your self esteem (unconsciously).
- Wants to keep you one-down while they stay one-up.
- Wants you to be their fawn.
- Wants to keep you like a pet, or a puppet on a string.
1. Do not question yourself. If you feel that someone is ignoring you, approach them calmly and moderately. Let them know that what they are doing is causing you to feel uncomfortable, or find out what the situation is to cause the person to be non-responsive. Call them on it directly.
"Jen, when I text you and you don't return my text or phone call, it makes me feel like our relationship is not important to you. Is there something I've done to cause you to withdraw from me? If so, let me know."
You can read other articles about how to set a boundary. Just Google it. The point I am making is that it is your RIGHT and your DUTY to protect yourself from offenses of commission AND offenses of omission. It is your right to be respected at all times. It is not right for anyone to invalidate you by dissing your phone calls, or responding to you intermittently. If this is happening to you, recognize it and put up a boundary for yourself and the other party letting them know that such behavior is not acceptable.
When someone ignores you, they are not meeting your needs. You have the need to be respected, recognized and to be appreciated. Whenever someone plays this game, they are denying you the right to get your needs met, not matter how much you've done for them.
Being ignored is the ultimate diss. They say the opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. When someone doesn't take the time to respond to you, even if just to say, "I'm sorry, I'm busy right now. Will get back with you in a few days," it sends a silent message to your soul. If you're not aware of it, you might take that message in, since we are social creatures. It's important that you stick up for yourself and protect yourself from such messages. You don't deserve to be ignored. How hard is it to send a text?
Fill your life with people who understand and value high-integrity in relationships. No matter who it is that uses the silent treatment on you, set-limits and walk away if necessary. You are too precious to ignore.