This quote also makes me think about "The Silent Treatment." When you - or your partner - chooses to punish the other with the silent treatment, that can be such a painful, mean act. It's obvious that person hears you and is choosing NOT to acknowledge you. Or maybe they are talking to other people, but continually ignoring every word you say. It makes you feel worthless and invisible. :( It's a very, very hurtful thing to do.