Ever had someone give you the silent treatment and you kissed their butt trying to get them to speak to you and tell you what's wrong? If another adult is giving you the silent treatment it is not your job to play mind reader to figure out whats wrong. When an adult uses the silent treatment know that the silent treatment is a passive-aggressive manipulative power ploy to manipulate you emotionally. Don't fall for it. When we are children we communicate like children and that's understandable, but when we become adults it's time to put childish things away ...And the silent treatment is childish.