Should I Get In Touch?



The creation of anxiety and uncertainty are twin concerns which we engender in much of what we do. Both have the effect of stopping you from doing things, preventing you from analysing matters in an effective way and ultimately from helping yourself to escape our hold. One way of doing this is through the Prior Warning Silent Treatment. Now, it is our usual fashion, when applying a silent treatment not to tell you what we are doing. If it is a Present Silent Treatment, we remain in close proximity to you but we do not speak or respond to you. You soon realise that it is a silent treatment but you were not fore-warned. The Absent Silent Treatment is where we absent ourselves from your presence. We may just walk off, we may leave as expected but then stay away or we may just not turn up when expected and it often is a short while before you realise that you are being subjected to a silent treatment, you just think initially that you cannot contact us or we must be busy and it is only later that you realise we are giving you an  Absent Silent Treatment,

The Prior Warning Silent Treatment relies on telling you that we do not want you to contact us but it is still not immediately obvious that it is a silent treatment that is being meted out towards you. Consider these phrases, for instance: –

“I will be in meetings all day so don’t contact me.”

“I will be sleeping so don’t call me. I will call you when I am ready.”

“There is a poor signal in the area so I will be incommunicado for most of the trip.”

“I need some space for myself, so please don’t get in touch. I will ring you.”

“I have a lot to do today so don’t call or message me.”

They all seem like legitimate reasons for not being in touch for a period of time but when uttered by us what we are really telling you is,

“Time for a silent treatment and I wonder how long you can cope with it?”


The timing of this Prior Warning Silent Treatment is the key to recognising it. First of all, it is less likely that we will say the things above during the seduction unless they are actually true, but there will be a Comforting Caveat attached to the statement. Accordingly,

“I will be in meetings all day so don’t contact me, but I will pop out and give you a call when I get a chance, because you know how much I miss you.”

“I will be sleeping so don’t call me. I will call you about 8 o’clock. If you haven’t heard from me by then, do ring me.”


“There is a poor signal in the area so I will be incommunicado for most of the trip, so I will find a landline on which you can reach me and will let you know what it is as soon as I can. I wish you were coming with me. I hate being apart from you.”


“I have a lot to do today so don’t call or message me, until 1pm please unless of course it is an emergency, but I will message you when I can because I miss you.”

Notice how there is no talk of needing space. This is because we do not want space from you during the seduction, far from it. Indeed, we will reluctantly accept an enforced absence from you during seduction and if possible try to re-arrange appointments and the like to ensure we spend time with you.

The Prior Warning Silent Treatment is doled out during devaluation and when there are specific circumstances. We do this when we know that you have concerns that we are interested romantically in someone else, that we are spending time with someone else and our motives (and theirs) are unclear. In essence, when we are triangulating you (although you probably will not realise this is what is happening) we will issue the PWST. We do this because it enables us to wield power over you by telling you and controlling you in terms of whether are permitted to engage with us. It also means that you are told there will be a silence (although you won’t necessarily know that it is a silent treatment) from the beginning. We know this will cause you to wonder whether the silence is real and thus your anxiety will begin. You will feel uncertain about whether we really are non-contactable and whether we are doing something else. The problem is, we know you only have a suspicion and nothing concrete.

Accordingly, when you know we are apparently uncontactable you wonder who we are with and what we are doing. This makes you anxious. This provides us with fuel even though we do not witness it because we know how you will be feeling. We know that: –

You will be toying with messaging us to see if it is received

You will be toying with messaging us to see if it is read

You want to ring our mobile to see if it actually rings

You want to ring from a withheld number to see if we answer and if you can discern any background noises

You check our social media profile to see if there have been any updates there when we are supposedly unable to contact anyone.

You are torn between wanting to get rid of the anxiety and find out what is really going on and the risk of getting it wrong and upsetting us. You fear that we have an interest in someone else and we are actually spending time with them. If you do not do something, this time is unchallenged. This other person may not know about you but if you get in touch with us and make yourself known, then you are laying down a marker to the other person and possibly warning them away from us. You will also find evidence of us having lied which you will want to use against us. At this stage you have no desire to be rid of us. On the contrary the devaluation is such that you want things to work out and return to the golden period again, but you cannot stand this uncertainty. You wish you could make a decision but what if we have told the truth and you interrupt us in a meeting? Not only will we furious with you, we may well hold it against you in the future (you are damn right we will). But then again, if we are with someone else and perhaps we know that you suspect and you do nothing about it, we might think you do not care and do not want to fight to keep us? It is quite remarkable the effect uncertainty and anxiety can have on someone who is being made to feel steadily more and more insecure.

All the while we are drawing fuel from this. If we have told the truth, we gain fuel knowing you will be anxious. More likely it is a lie and we are either with someone else or just wanting to be away from you. In either instance more fuel is gathered and we exert our control over you by this Prior Warning Silent Treatment. You have the dilemma of whether you should contact us. What would you do?

32 thoughts on “Should I Get In Touch?

  1. Insatiable Learner says:

    Dear HG, if the person the narcissist is telling not to contact him but he will call her and that he and his IPPS need some space to resolve some personal problems (they just had a baby recently) is a secondary source, does this mean she is being devalued or is this entirely fine and she is still being viewed as white? Thank you!

    1. HG Tudor says:

      The secondary source is likely being placed on the shelf and this a comfort crumb in the meanwhile.

      1. Insatiable Learner says:

        Thanks so much for the incredibly fast response, HG! Really appreciate it! You are the greatest Greater Narcissist!

        1. HG Tudor says:

          You are welcome.

  2. Matilda says:

    “You have the dilemma of whether you should contact us. What would you do?”

    The truth is: if he cared about you, he would *make* time for you. Distance would not be a problem either.

    Once he starts giving you EXCUSES, he is already moving on yet wanting to keep you invested. Once mine had the audacity to dictate me when/how I can and cannot contact him. It infuriated me to a degree I not only did not contact him, but also did not reply when he eventually initiated contact again. So much for exerting control! They simply do not know when to stop, do they?

    1. MLA - Clarece says:

      Agreed! They have time management for exactly whatever and whomever they choose every minute of their day. If you’re hearing an excuse… or crickets chirping, you’re toast basically.

  3. Ian says:

    Off topic, just watched “the founder ” with Michael Keaton playing ray Kroc
    If he wasn’t a narc sociopath then he was something similar… “persistence , mno moral compass OCD lying , glib
    And philandering , my anxiety is through the roof due to a pulsating headache from a hangover. I want answers . I know the real answers but I want the other ones. The ones that made me feel great. I loathe/love my ex narc princess who treated me like dirt and sneered at me until I was done. Then I was basically her teddy bear with my hand forced onto her tit before she would doze off. Weird stuff. I’m obsessed still anyway Hg I’m sure you’d agree with me here on ray kroc

  4. Exhausted says:

    Halestorm had a song “I miss the misery”. Really hits home today with being discarded

  5. superxena says:

    IPPS of a Greater
    My ex narc gave me a ” peculiar “silent treatment :
    It was given to me as a PUNISHMENT for not answering his phone calls. He was extremely CONTROLLING and called several times during the day…So what I did was calling him back and IF he didn’t answer I NEVER CALLED BACK. HE was the one that had to call back again..
    So I applied his own manipulations against him by giving him back the “silent treatment.”
    I learned with time some of his manipulations and applied them back to him.Bad,bad girl😱
    But it worked: after that he stopped using that manipulation because it did not work!
    But really..what was the meaning of staying with him in this kind of ” relationship”? With time it turned to be more like a chess game instead of a normal, healthy,loving and developing relationship…So I left him…

    1. HG Tudor says:

      By all means, that is fuel.

      1. ballerina9 says:

        Oh is it now?

        How about if I silently parade around the house wearing this T-shirt, hand you this coffee mug without looking in your eyes, or switch your pillow case to one if these bought at the Tudor eStore (…coming soon on this site, we will make the usual announcement …) at the onset of a S.T.:

        – “I’ll see your silent treatment and I’ll raise you an escape”

        – “I don’t miss you. I miss the man you pretended to be, so don’t get it twisted. Fuck you very much. 

        -“Go ahead, give me the silent treatment. Quite frankly, I look forward to some peace and quiet”.

        Still fuel? 

        1. HG Tudor says:

          It depends on how you deliver these comments Ballerina9. If with fuel, they will be challenge fuel.

          1. ballerina9 says:

            Without fuel naturally, thanks to your advice.

          2. HG Tudor says:

            You are welcome.

          3. ballerina9 says:

            HG, what hurts more:
            (If I get a text hoover)
            1. If I don’t answer it (NC ).
            2. If I neutrally text a day later : “you mean nothing to me. You do not exist”

            And why?
            Thank you

          4. HG Tudor says:

            2. It is an act of commission.

          5. ballerina9 says:

            Does a benign hoover post discard mean we’re now painted white? As opposed to black at discard time?
            Thank you HG

          6. HG Tudor says:

            Potentially yes, unless it is done to lower your defences and then unleash a malign hoover (more likely with Greaters and upper Mid Range).

          7. ballerina9 says:

            Thank you.
            Don’t jinx me! All his hoovers since New Year’s eve discard have been benigned. He’s a Greater and has no reason to malign hoover. We’re in different countries.
            How is the “long distance” article coming along? (Hands on hips, tilting head). Impatiently waiting for another masterpiece.

          8. HG Tudor says:

            Patience feisty one, it should be written back end of this week, if fuel allows.

          9. ballerina9 says:

            Haha…Super empath that’s me. I have been nickmamed feisty more than once!
            Cannot wait, so excited. If you need further material , ask me! 😅.

            Uhoh, is your gauge needle nearing the red zone? Time to malign hoover Elisabeth (lawsuit idiot or meanie Lesley) for a quick fix. Whatever it takes!

          10. HG Tudor says:

            Ha ha very good.

  6. Stephanie Farlow says:

    Thank God my anxiety is passing. This was my last issue because I knew from past history that I would give into him again if he tried. Now that is no longer a part of my reality the anxiety is passing. After reading your books I know every one of his power plays. My very naive friend actually thinks because I told him what he was that he is really done with me this time. Ha

    1. G says:

      I told him I would be without Internet during a trip . But I was lying, I said it because I wanted be with my boyfriend and I did not want to get in touch with him during my romantic holidays. later he used the same words as I used and he did the samethibg.
      Actually , I noticed that he would repeat things I said like it was his own opinion . Does he notice he is doing it?

  7. Love says:

    I was taking a drive in the country. Gorgeous weather and scenery. The music was blasting and I was singing along – probably disturbing and annoying all the birds and animals 😁
    Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence came on and I started actually paying attention to the words. It made wonder if it is related to silent treatment. Is this why you go silent?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      No it is to do with drugs.

      1. Love says:

        I totally misunderstood. I thought he was telling her that there is no need for words between them. Because words only cause pain and harm. All that he needs is her, in his arms.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Just like the heroin in the veins in his arms

          1. Love says:

            Oh my goodness. I’m very naive. Thank you … Guess its not a romantic ballad.

          2. Love says:

            But wait! No. Who is his’little girl’? I’m not giving up hope yet. This may still be a romantic song.

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