- Any form of veiled, hidden, indirect or non-verbal threat. Intimidation
Intimidation is a form of passive aggressive threat in which the perpetrator hopes to avoid the risk of being challenged or made accountable for their behavior by veiling the threat in some way.
The veiled message is usually some variant of "I am stronger than you."
Destruction or damage of an object which has some worth or significance to the victim.
Cruelty to animals in the sight of a victim. Cruelty shown to a third party individual in the sight of the victim.
Self harm in the sight of the victim.
Threatening language directed away from the victim but in their hearing.
Being "extra nice" to the victim while physically demonstrating violent or mock-violent behavior.
What it feels like:
Intimidation is a form of threat and is designed to produce feelings of fear.
Learning To Cope:
The best approach to dealing with intimidation is to remove the audience and the victim and to recruit professional help to deal with the threatening behavior.
What NOT to Do:
Don't stay in the same room with a person who behaves in a threatening way.
Don't leave children vulnerable to violence.
Don't play down threatening behavior or fool yourself into thinking it doesn't hurt you or that you can deal with it.
Don't try to deal with intimidation alone.
What TO Do:
Quickly, calmly and without drama, leave the room, the house, the company of anyone who subjects you to intimidating behavior.
Call the police and report any acts of violence against you, property, animals or other people.
Get support and discuss your concerns with someone who cares about you and who understands personality disorders
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