What makes people intimidating
As a young medical student who fought to desegregate hospitals in apartheid-era South Africa, she was alarmed when she started seeing babies dying of a virus that her own government claimed wasn't causing AIDS.” “That's when the pediatrician in training learned firsthand that with HIV, you're fighting a battle on two fronts: you're up against a vicious virus—and the stigma that allowed it to proliferate, unchecked, for so long.“Gray decided to fight the virus and the silence around it through research.Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Glenda Gray, who is also a Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, made TIME’s The 100 Most Influential People list for her work on HIV.
What also helps is improving your own confidence and social skills.
You then see these people as closer to your level, rather than them being on a pedestal and you feeling you're a walking example of lame, awkward unworthiness that's lucky to even be talking to them. If you know someone is mean-spirited or gossipy you're going to be on guard around them.
I think everyone feels a little uneasy and off-balance when they're around those handful of people who just seem to have everything going for them.
They may be really outgoing as well, which can add in all the problems from the point above.