How do you handle people taking your silence for weakness?
Honestly, I’ve heard this outside of work before as well. And unfortunately I’ve had to make examples of people who’ve taken my quietness for weakness. I don’t want to have to do that though. I just want to be me and left alone. I’ve been in plenty physical and verbal altercations because someone thought “Oh just because she’s quiet I can say this or do that to her. She’s scary. She won’t do anything”. I hate to be tested. And I hate having to explain why I am the way that I am. I don’t like the fighting or arguing but sometimes if feels like it comes with the territory of being to yourself. My kindness is either taken for weakness or people assume I’m ultra stuck up.
How would you advise me to deal with this going forward without explaining yourself or altercation?