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.
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
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