Those behaviors to avoid range from victim boby language to simply seeming too eager to please. Yet, we still find ourselves bullied by neighbors and employers/clients. Or, more accurately put, we perceive that we are being treated without respect.
Well, that perception is what matters. We don't need to play lawyer and collect evidence of alleged bullying. Trust our gut. It's instinct which helped mankind survive from the get-go.
The good news is that taking smart steps to end the bullying usually pays off. The bullies are stunned that we pushed back. They will move on to a more pliant target.
A respected law firm was, I perceived, bullying me to do unpaid promotional work. I refused. The word got around. From a public relations agency associated with the law firm paid work came. The clear takeaway is: Don't be pushed around. Not by people. Not by institutions.