Latest Issue

What silence tells you about your mental health

There is plenty of literature supporting the acceptance of silence as resistance, as communication, even as a creative space

By Anna Blundy   December 2015


Everyone has trouble with “The Silence.” You lie there week after week babbling away and he says nothing until the dreaded “I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got time for.” You (okay, I) interpret the slightest movement as deeply meaningful and wonder whether this whole getting better project is worthwhile.

In my case a kind of mania used to kick in and I treated sessions as rehearsals for some imaginary stand-up comedy routine, testing out new material, trying to raise a laugh (occassionally succeeding). Every week or so my analyst might say: “It…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect