Doormat / Afraid to speak up

Hi Brooke!

I remember reading your thoughts on this in a past month’s Ask Brooke but I couldn’t find where.

Can you help me understand again the typical mechanism for someone who is afraid to speak up, affirm her opinions, and generally bends to other people’s will to avoid confrontation? (Asking for a friend. 😉 )

What would be a good first step toward a more authentic way of being?

Thank you so much!