I'm a junior project engineer in small technical engineering team (not software or IT) and my line manager is an experienced technical person with extensive managerial experience. I have come up against his use of calculated silence a couple of times and have inadvertently parted with perhaps more thoughts/feelings about our work than I would have liked.
What typically happens is that after I answer his initial question, he stays silent - eventually, to break the silence, I cave and blurt out more stuff whether relevant or not.
Other than staying silent myself after I've initially answered, are there any other tactics I could use in this situation?
What experiences have people had in similar situations? An insight from the manager side would be interesting as well.