Is it deliberate, calculated, meant to disorient, or meant to help me out in some way—like, or what?
Many people tend to communicate defensively, especially when feeling nervous and threatened.
Talking about intimidation is difficult by definition, given the actual and perceived risks associated with saying something, and fixing it is challenging.
This piece is a follow-up to one on how people can be intimidating without realizing it.
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.
When you hear a sexist comment, the awkward laugh is key.