Withholding is a type of emotional manipulation that can damage interpersonal relationships, especially marriage. Deliberately withholding sex, communication, affection, or kindness strains a relationship and is often an underlying cause of divorce. Suppressing sex can lead your partner to have their needs met by another. Secrecy will erode trust in any relationship. Withholding affection can sometimes be even more alienating than withholding sex. An unwillingness to communicate will elevate tensions and cause solvable issues to become protracted and grow. Neglect and denying kindness is cruel and can alienate your partner. Refusing to spend time with your partner can be damaging, especially when used as a tool to get one’s way. Ultimately, a marriage requires openness, compromise, communication and, above all else, work. If you’re unwilling to work on a marriage, you will lose it.
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How Withholding Can Lead to Divorce