It’s usually not what people say, it’s how they say it and that can make us feel intimidated. Some circumstances can make us feel vulnerable.
Intimidation can happen at many levels too, ranging from parents, families, individuals, in the school playground, even work, anywhere where we come into contact with people. People make us feel intimidated. They usually don’t have to speak, their presence can intimidate us.
A successful parent can make us feel intimidated, particularly when we’re small and we feel the need to prove ourselves. When we become mindful and learn how the brain reacts to being intimidated, we will understand and recognise the signs of intimidation and will find it easier to adjust. It’s not always how someone will make us feel, if we’re already feeling intimated it could be the way we feel about ourselves.
In order to move away from intimidation, we must learn to be pro-active. If we’re aware of how the brain reacts in threatening situations, we can stimulate and even build up an inner sense of calm and strength. A mind that sees real threats more clearly, will act more effectively in dealing with those threats. The more we subject ourselves to and are aware of intimidating behaviour, the more equipped we will be.
I believe our circumstances are responsible for how vulnerable we are. Having Cerebral Palsy without any support made me even more vulnerable. The less confidence I had, the more open to being vulnerable I became and the more vulnerable I became, the more intimidated I was.