The whole issue of intimidation and submission is front and center these days.
The horrible and appalling stories in the news are affecting all of us, making us question our own histories.
The good news is this behavior is finally being outed.
Will it change underlying desire on the part of the perpetrators to intimidate and bully others to their will?
Your answer depends on both your own experience and your faith in the nature of our species.
What we can realistically hope, however, is that this publicity will enable us to better educate and empower ourselves.
We need to recognize the desire on the part of the doer to induce fear, to play on our sense of being in a weaker position and to frighten us into doing what they want.
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
ARE YOU SUSCEPTABLE?
Think about what forces might have made you susceptible to bullying and intimidation.
In many ways we are habituated to accepting the control of those in power from a very young age…
Ask yourself what voices from your early years might have contributed to a predisposition to 'cave'.
Do you feel guilty if you say 'no'?
What do you perceive is the underlying threat to you?