1. The act or instance of dominating. 2. The act of forcing a person to do exactly what is desired with the mechanism of recrimination and denial of friendship or support unless the person instantly complies. 3. The act of using anger, criticism, accusations, and other mechanisms to force a person into submission by minimizing them.
A covert form of domination. The person using it feels that they are less than or inferior to the other person and has not the honesty or courage to admit it. They then begin to cut the other person “down to size,” using small, seemingly well-intended criticisms. The person who is seeking to dominate strikes at the point of pride or capability of their target. When challenged, the invalidator claims they are only wanting to help.