Intimidating personality meaning
Given the persistence of abuse and harassment across the spectrum of human relationships, from family, to friends, to professional relationships—indeed to one’s relationship with oneself—more than ever we face a growing need to question intimidation dynamics, closely examining the underlying conscious and unconscious motives in order to extricate ourselves from the shadowy history of chronic maltreatment of one another.Once we’ve begun to deal with intimidation, we’ll be able to move forward with constructive and possibly reparative conversations to establish better norms. Many people tell me that I am intimidating or unapproachable. Things about me that contribute to this are: Resting B*itch Face Being a plus size black woman (shouldn’t matter, but it does).Speaking my mind and pointing out when someone is out of line. I try to do this to disarm people, but ummm some people can’t keep up, lol!A pet rat might intimidate your sister's friends, keeping them out of your fort.
—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Intimidation is a hidden undercurrent in many of our relationships, ranging from subtle and uncertain to clear and abusive.
The fact of the matter is that power plays a critical role in human relations, even though our relationships are grounded in love and mutuality, a desire for equality and fairness, and community and collaboration.
How do we balance destructively aggressive and defensively hostile influences with healthy competition and cooperation?
People who are effective intimidators attempt to avoid justice (and sometimes they succeed); sometimes they act solo, and sometimes they band together to protect their own interests.
Calling out intimidation in more specific ways can be hazardous to one’s career, reputation, and well-being.