Meanness is shaming, threatening, or both. Yet recognizing that people can be mean includes acknowledging that you can be mean to yourself. Read More
I agree that meanness gives on the power to instill fear in the other. This person needs to surely come out of that fear. For getting rid of this fear, here is a helpful article that I have found:
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Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Marin County, CA.
Who says marriage is where desire goes to die?