Wednesday, October 19, 2016

20 Ways to Make Your Character: Intimidated

We all love a good villain, but what makes a great villain?  I honestly think it's someone who doesn't have to raise their voice, doesn't pull out a gun, and just makes you believe they're going to do you harm by psychological intimidation.  I used some of these in my book, 'Voo Doo Love Me,' by Andie Alexander.  However, Kes got them all back...eventually.

What are some ways to psychologically intimidate someone?  Well I thought of 20...but I'm sure there are more.  Enjoy!


  1. Meet with the victim but bring along thugs
  2. Silence with an unfocused stare--it makes people uncomfortable
  3. Move into their personal space
  4. Stand over them
  5. Hands on hips makes the character look larger than they are
  6. Puff out chest and set jaw.
  7. Appear to be calm yet fearless
  8. Show power and confidence
  9. Start nice but turn on ferocity fast to throw them off balance.
  10. Hold personal information and silently threaten them with going to authorities
  11. Make the victim think the intimidator has unpredictable mental issues
  12. Make eye contact, and threaten with a smile
  13. Hurting or threatening an innocent to force an action from the victim
  14. Surprise attack
  15. Terrorism
  16. Stockholm syndrome
  17. Bullying and Humiliation
  18. Psychological projection (attributing bad behavior by attributing it to others)
  19. Never apologize for bad behavior
  20. Gaslighting (Ambient Abuse: Gaslight Effect and the Diabolical Personality--false information is deliberately presented to the victim to make them doubt themselves)


Here's something else that's very helpful, from Bullying

Bullies couldn't exist without victims, and they don't pick on just anyone; those singled out lack assertiveness and radiate fear long before they ever encounter a bully. No one likes a bully, but no one likes a victim either. Grown-up bullies wreak havoc in their relationships and in the workplace.


Have a great day!
SweetTale Books


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References:
Psychological manipulation
How to Intimidate People
What are some silent psychological intimidation tactics people use?
Throwing Others on the Defensive: Manipulation via Overt or Covert Intimidation
Psychological warfare
Bullying
Ambient Abuse: Gaslight Effect and the Diabolical Personality
Psychological projection

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