I have experienced this behavior among near and dear, as well as the outside world. Being a person who tends to get hurt easily, (not saying i am a saint!) I simply fail to understand the human mind and their reactions to those who do not know how to speak back. In simple words, its called bullying or intolerance of other peoples views . I may be wrong, but this is my take on it. Wanting to get a better picture of the other persons thoughts i looked it up for some answers, this is what i found: 11 Reasons to Explain Why People Are Mean and Rude They Have Poor Communication Skills They Hold Negative Feelings Towards You They Think It Makes Them More Powerful They Are Insecure and Put Others Down in Order to Feel Better Themselves They Had a Poor Upbringing They Are Snobs They're Having a Bad Day They Have Poor Emotional Regulation Skills and Get Frustrated Easily They Don't Care About Respecting Others They Have Poor Self-Awareness and Poor Social Awareness They Disagree With You Ideologically or Politically.