Silence is something that is rarely discussed, but is a critical part of the way we communicate. For most people, silence is uncomfortable and awkward, and they will quickly bring up a new topic or ask a question if there is a moment of silence in conversation. Most people don't spend much time thinking about silence, or its potential as a tool. One group of people who do spend a lot of time thinking about silence, is therapists. Learning to use silence is a critical part of learning to be a good therapist. Once you have spent some time becoming comfortable with silence, you really get a new perspective on people and how they communicate. Researchers can use silence to become better at their craft in a number of ways.