What's the difference between a meltdown and a shutdown?

  1. DH Reviews profile image54
    DH Reviewsposted 16 months ago

    What's the difference between a meltdown and a shutdown?

  2. gregas profile image82
    gregasposted 16 months ago

    Personally, I would say a meltdown is something that happens, not out of choice, but out of need and occurs slowly. And shutdown is something that happens by choice because you have no choice but is done more quickly. Just my opinion, Greg.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 16 months ago


    I normally think of a person having a meltdown as someone who is "losing it" due to stress and pressure. It's a unintentional reaction.
    "Cracking under pressure"
    A shutdown on the other hand could be a coping device someone uses whenever they don't like what they're being told.
    "Avoid facing issues"
    It's a very common tactic among people who are called "passive aggressive". They deliberately withdraw or ignore circumstances.
    Meltdown (Can't deal with VS Refusing to deal with) Shutdown