They need to be seen as dominant because they themselves fear being dominated. Second, if you’re concerned about intimidation leading to physical assault, take some Martial Arts courses.
To deal with intimidating people
Some intimidating people exercise power over our lives, and those folks are unfortunately harder to deal with.
If they are coercive and enjoy exerting power over others, they may not be hesitant to retaliate against insubordination by any means available to them.
Respond to the meat of what they say (if any), like in work situations- ignore threats or attempts to shove workloads onto you.
Simply maintain your dignity and stay on point about the work content of what they say.
If they feel happy every time whenever they try to control you, indubitably, it’s their intimidating behavior.