Do you remember sitting at the dinner table and your crazy uncle said something like this, “If you don’t eat all your food I’m going to give it to my pet dragon…and tonight I’ll let him sleep underneath your bed.”
What do you do? You eat the food! No questions asked.
Is it just me or have the times changed? I noticed that when I am the “crazy uncle” and say anything even remotely close to this, today’s youth simply challenge it. “Can I pet your dragon!?” They ask enthusiastically. They can sniff out my bluff a mile away.
As you go throughout your day, listen closely. You will encounter a number of subtle threats. People know you are scared of “what is hiding underneath the bed.”
Next time someone tries to use power or control to leverage themselves against you in favor of a stronger position, just ask to see the dragon. See what happens.
I hate to give away the secret… But, there is no dragon!
Disclaimer: There are people with mental health issues that are happy to exercise abusive measures to get what they want. When dealing with these people it is best to seek professional help.