Dealing with intimidating personalities

The successful approach to clearing the air includes:4. Break the tension by adding a little humor (if appropriate).

Learning to speak up for yourself can be an uncomfortable yet absolutely life-changing process for an introvert. When you look inward, challenge the stories you’ve been telling yourself about those who intimidate you, and use your voice, you gain confidence in yourself and your abilities and reclaim your personal power.

Not everyone who acts in the following manners may be deliberately trying to control you. Regardless, it’s important to recognize these behaviors in situations where your rights, interests and safety are at stake. Home Court and Time Dominance An aggressive and controlling person may insist on you meeting and interacting in a physical space where he or she can exercise more dominance and control.

This can be the aggressor’s office, home, car, or other spaces where she feels ownership and familiarity (and where you lack them).

Cowering in the face of a more challenging personality can also come across as: Want to start communicating like an introverted boss? Is there a pattern in the type of people who intimidate you?