I think this may be true for the most part. People do not readily confront people who intimidate them. I don't know why this is. I am told i am intimidating but I do not mean to be.
I am a very nice person and have the friends to prove it. But to people who have never met me before will get out of my way.
It may be because I am confident, but it may be the fact that I will not put up with any BS from people too. But I never have to say a word.
Then again I never use this to take advantage of others either. That is the kind of BS I will not tolerate.