IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN TOLD YOU HAVE A STRONG PERSONALITY, OR IF YOU FEEL LIKE PEOPLE SEE YOU AS ‘INTIMIDATING’, THEN THIS ARTICLE IS FOR YOU.
Malcom X once said, “Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from birth, must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.”
Our experiences in life mold us into the people we are. Chances are, if you have a strong personality, it’s because you’ve had to have one- life throws curveballs, and you’ve learned how to throw them back.
It’s not a bad thing to be one of these people, even though you might feel like you’ve done something wrong by the way others react around you. Your career may have had a few hiccups, and your relationships are trademarked by tension, but your independent way of thinking isn’t wrong- it just rubs some people the wrong way.
You might have noticed that people are cautious when you approach, or when they see you, they give a quick hello, smile, and abruptly leave. The sad part of this is that some people don’t even realize that they’re coming off this way. More often than not, these people have a big heart and are very kind, but their strong personality makes them come off as aggressive or even rude.
Defining what a strong, or “intimidating” personality type is, can be difficult since it means something different for everyone. However, there are a couple traits and characteristics that seem to be quite common.
1. YOU DON’T TOLERATE WILLFUL IGNORANCE.
To be honest, it either sparks an anger inside of you (that you can’t keep silent about), or it makes you want to walk away without saying a word. This might be because most strong-willed people are also highly educated. After doing everything they could to understand as much of the world as possible (which requires a mind of openness), when they see someone who is willfully ignorant or judgmental, they simply can’t handle it, and they won’t tolerate it.