I didn't mean to suggest that keeping things bottled up was somehow a wise option. Communication is vital. It's the social currency, how we understand each other, make connections and give vent to thoughts and emotions that could otherwise overwhelm.
But I'm aware I can also use conversation and relationship to gain approval and check the opinions and identity I've constructed for myself. As if it's not real until I've told someone.
I found a few days of silence useful - it allowed me to see where I was away from the dependencies, clamour and competition of the outside world. But make no mistake. Retreat is the exception, not the norm.