Intimidating in a good way
If there’s any tension between you and your “monster,” you may need to confront the issue head on, in spite of your discomfort.Have a conversation to get to the root of the issue and move beyond it once and for all.What if you become intimidated by individuals or groups who are attractive and/or loud.How do you even begin to put yourself at ease, or stop putting them on a social pedestal, so you can be yourself? Is it their overall demeanor, personality, approach, tone, title, position, education level, financial status, viewpoint, or something else?This might be a belief that no one cares about what you have to say, which might affect how you interact with those who speak up seemingly without fear.First of all, here are two changes in mindset we need to understand: Few walk around in life trying to intimidate others.
Keying into the other person’s preferred communication style can also be helpful in meeting them where they are and having a productive conversation.
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If you’re feeling intimidated by someone, understand that your fear gives them power over you and allows them to dictate your thoughts, emotions, and actions. When I think back, I can definitely spot a pattern to the type of people I felt nervous around: people with some perceived “power.” Their ability to effortlessly be who they were, speak their truth, and command the crowd only punctuated the fact that I struggled to do so myself. What are you personally struggling with that might be coloring your experience with this person?
Feeling misunderstood or a sense of powerlessness can rear its ugly head when someone else unapologetically takes charge of a situation.
What stories are you telling yourself about this person? You may find that underneath their scary exterior, there’s a person. Recognize your similarities rather than focusing on your perceived differences.