Browbeat: (v) to intimidate someone, typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words.
I need an answer.
I want to live a life where I freely and honestly input those around me, even if it’s not the common grind or goes against the flow.
I don’t need to be right. But I do need to make sure I speak–so I can tell myself that I’m participating.
Here’s the problem: one man’s “counsel” is another man’s “browbeating.”
In other words, some people can listen to my opinions, take them into consideration, use the more valuable parts and be appreciative for the encounter. But there are other folks who thrive on the elixir of confirmation and encouragement and consider any contrary view to be a personal attack.
And it doesn’t do any good to say “it’s their problem.”
Because in the long run, how we treat people is not based on our intention, but is solely determined by their reaction.
We may not like that, but it isn’t up to us to decide for another human how they should invest our pearls of wisdom.
What is browbeating?
I think I’ve finally come up with a conclusion:
Browbeating may very well be bringing up the same subject that was discussed earlier with greater intensity, because it wasn’t applied after the first conversation.
I don’t like that rendition, but it is a way to keep my opinions viable … but also extracted when they cease to be of any consequence.