Sadly, it’s not always obvious and we’re not always aware that the people we have in our lives may be intimidating. I have had to deal with intimidation over the years, particularly through my disability.
When someone is intimidating we allow that person to interfere with our emotional thoughts about how we think and feel. When we feel intimidated we feel self-conscious and inadequate and that knocks our confidence. Although control is often linked to intimidation, both still need to be understood and recognised as two separate issues.
For those of us who struggle with being intimidated, it can be a nightmare. We may sometimes subconsciously allow others to intimidate us without realising that’s what we’re doing. But it is important we determine how our irrational thinking allows others to be intimidating towards us.
We need to respond differently to those who intimidate us, so that we show them we’re not scared. Anyone who intimidates is a bully and we need to show them that we will not be intimidated.