It can be the fear of multiple things: rejection, reprimand, failure, incompleteness, discouragement, etc.
You may also exhibit some subtle behaviors that can cause others to be intimidated.On a previous blog at the Huffington Post, I used the example of Stephen Colbert's satirical "March to Keep Fear Alive" as a timely illustration of a larger point: humans evolved to be fearful - since that helped keep our ancestors alive - so we are very vulnerable to being frightened and even intimidated by threats, both real ones and "paper tigers." With his march, Colbert was obviously mocking those who play on fear, since we certainly don't need any new reminders to keep fear alive.This vulnerability to feeling threatened has effects at many levels, ranging from individuals, couples, and families to schoolyards, organizations, and nations. “No I don’t.” You may think you’re a pussy cat but you’re not. Practice vulnerability: Unintended intimidation always exists if you have position or power. “I don’t mean to,” is no excuse for unintended manipulation.Former congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made a name for himself as a wit, wordsmith and frequent dealmaker during three-plus decades in Congress.