EMOTION THESAURUS

INTIMIDATION



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DEFINITION:
Feeling afraid or timid due to a real or perceived threat



SIMILAR EMOTIONS:

NOTES:
When someone is feeling intimidated, their responses will vary depending on whether they lean toward a fight-flight-or-freeze-type response to threats. This entry contains some of each of these reactions.



PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
The body shrinking in on itself
The posture sagging
Stepping back from the perceived threat
A darting gaze; not looking people in the eye
A brittle laugh
Hands jammed in the pockets
Arms crossed, hands clenching the upper arms
Hiding behind one's hair, a hoodie, another person, etc.
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM INTIMIDATION:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED INTIMIDATION:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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