The tendency to bottle up feelings during a fight is known as self-silencing. For men, it may simply be a calculated but harmless decision to keep the peace. But when women stay quiet, it takes a surprising physical toll.This study is another example of the powerful impact that mental health has on physical health. Read more about the study: Marital Spats, Taken to Heart
“When you’re suppressing communication and feelings during conflict with your husband, it’s doing something very negative to your physiology, and in the long term it will affect your health,” said Elaine Eaker, an epidemiologist in Gaithersburg, Md., who was the study’s lead author. “This doesn’t mean women should start throwing plates at their husbands, but there needs to be a safe environment where both spouses can equally communicate.”
Poll: Do you bottle up emotions during arguments, or do you allow yourself to vent your feelings?
- I express my feelings.
- I keep quiet.
- It depends on the situation.
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