Marriage research has identified stonewalling, or leaving a conversation without any intention of resolving the issue, as unhealthy and damaging. However, experts also identify taking a break, or alleviating pent-up anger by pausing a conversation to be resolved after calming down as beneficial and effective.
Carpenter, Emma Todd
"Stonewalling and Taking a Break Are Not the Same Thing,"
Family Perspectives: Vol. 2:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/familyperspectives/vol2/iss1/10