7 signs you can be a very tough and intimidating person to deal with

Ever wonder why some people just can’t seem to get along with you? Or why your opinions can sometimes ruffle a few feathers? Well, it might not be them. It could be you.

There’s a fine line between being assertive and downright intimidating. The trick is in identifying the signs that you’re crossing that line.

In this piece, I’m going to reveal seven telltale signs that show you might be coming off as a bit too intense. Not to worry though, recognizing these signs is the first step towards change.

So buckle up, because we’re about to dive into some self-reflection here on the Love Connection blog.

1) You’re often the loudest in the room

We’ve all been there – in a meeting or at a social gathering where there’s one person who just seems to dominate the conversation. Their voice is always the loudest, their opinions the strongest, and they often interrupt others while they’re speaking.

This might be you.

Being vocal and assertive can be a great asset in many situations, but when it’s taken to an extreme, it can intimidate those around you and stifle open dialogue.

If you often find yourself being the loudest in the room, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate your communication style. Are you giving others the chance to speak? Are you really listening to what they have to say?

Remember, conversation is a two-way street, and sometimes, the most powerful thing you can do is simply listen.

2) You’re overly agreeable

It might seem counterintuitive, but being agreeable isn’t always the best approach. Sure, it’s great to get along with others, but when you’re constantly nodding along without voicing your own thoughts, it can send the wrong message.

Think about it this way: if you’re always agreeable, people might start to wonder if you’re being genuine or if you’re just saying what they want to hear. It’s like you’re hiding behind a mask of agreement, and that can be pretty intimidating for others.

Now, I’m not saying you should turn into a contrarian and disagree just for the sake of it. But it’s important to show that you have your own ideas and perspectives. Don’t be afraid to speak up and respectfully express your opinions – it’s a sign of confidence and authenticity.

3) Your self-reliance can be overwhelming

Having a strong independent streak can be an admirable trait. It shows you’re capable and self-sufficient. But have you ever considered that your extreme self-reliance might be intimidating to others?

When you never ask for help or input, it can send a message that you don’t value the contributions of others, or worse, that you don’t think they’re capable. This can create an atmosphere of intimidation and unease.

I delve deeper into the balance of independence and collaboration in relationships in my book, Breaking The Attachment: How To Overcome Codependency in Your Relationship.

It’s about finding that sweet spot where you’re not completely reliant on others, but also not so fiercely independent that it isolates and intimidates those around you. Fostering interdependence in your relationships can lead to a more fulfilling connection with others.

4) You have a tendency to be overly critical

We all want to improve, grow, and be the best versions of ourselves. But there’s a difference between constructive criticism and being overly critical.

If you find yourself always pointing out what’s wrong, what’s lacking, or what could be better, it may come across as intimidating to the people around you. They might feel like they’re constantly under scrutiny and can never live up to your expectations.

Remember what the great philosopher Socrates once said: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

I’ve found this quote particularly insightful in my own life. Instead of zeroing in on the negatives, try shifting your focus towards encouraging growth and improvement. It’s about offering guidance rather than judgement – a small yet significant shift that can make a world of difference.

5) You’re not easily impressed

Having high standards and expectations is one thing, but if you’re rarely impressed or satisfied, it can create a tough atmosphere for others to thrive in.

People need encouragement and recognition. When they feel like their efforts are never good enough, it can be quite intimidating.

I’ve caught myself in this pattern before. Always seeking perfection, never quite satisfied. It took some time to realize that this was not only affecting my own happiness but also the people around me.

Learning to celebrate the small victories and appreciate the effort, not just the outcome, can create a more positive and less intimidating environment for everyone involved.

6) You don’t show vulnerability

We often associate strength with being tough and invincible. But true strength comes from the courage to be vulnerable, to show that we, too, have fears and weaknesses.

If you always appear to have it all together, it can be intimidating for others. It might make them feel like they can’t measure up or that they can’t be open about their own struggles.

Brené Brown, a renowned researcher and storyteller, once said, “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.”

I’ve learned over time that showing my own vulnerabilities doesn’t make me weak; it makes me human. It invites others to do the same and creates deeper connections.

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7) You’re guarded with your emotions

Being emotionally guarded is like putting up a fortress around your heart – a shield to protect yourself from potential pain. But here’s the thing: when you’re constantly keeping your feelings locked away, it can unintentionally push people away and make you seem unapproachable.

Think about it – if others can’t read your emotions, they’re left guessing, and that uncertainty can create an intimidating aura.

I’ve been down that road myself. Keeping emotions under lock and key seemed like the safer choice, but it ended up isolating me more than anything else. It took me a while to realize that vulnerability isn’t a weakness; it’s a strength.

Opening up and expressing your feelings doesn’t make you vulnerable; it makes you human and relatable. It shows others that you’re approachable and encourages them to do the same. 

Understanding and embracing your power

Being a strong, assertive person can be a double-edged sword. On one side, it’s empowering. It helps you stand your ground, voice your opinions, and navigate through life with confidence. But on the other side, it can be intimidating to others.

The trick is finding that sweet spot between being strong and being overbearing. It’s about recognizing when your assertiveness might come off as intimidating to others and making adjustments accordingly.

But let’s be clear: this doesn’t mean toning down your strength or silencing your voice. It’s about using your power in a way that fosters growth, encourages open dialogue, and nurtures meaningful connections.

For a deeper dive into this topic, I recommend checking out this video by Justin Brown. While it’s focused on entrepreneurship, the lesson about finding fulfillment in the journey, even amidst challenges, resonates with our discussion about assertiveness and personal strength.

Self-awareness and empathy are crucial tools in our journey of personal growth and relationship building. By understanding and acknowledging how our behavior affects others, we can work towards creating a more positive impact on those around us.

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Tina Fey

I'm Tina Fey, the founder of the blog Love Connection. I've extremely passionate about sharing relationship advice. I've studied psychology and have my Masters in marital, family, and relationship counseling. I hope with all my heart to help you improve your relationships, and I hope that even if one thing I write helps you, it means more to me than just about anything else in the world. Check out my blog Love Connection, and if you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter

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