The act of insulting, deriding, or otherwise putting down
of an individual or group by another in an attempt to shake, crack, and eventually crumble their inherent confidence and fortification
Although commonly defined strictly as geared toward women by pickup artists, fuckbois and other douchebag types, the activity is universal in that it is implemented by and against people of all types
, genders, etc and does not adhere to any one demographic.
Person 1: I don't get why people feel the need to put me down
as soon as they look at me.
Person 2: They're Negging you. They probably see how you carry yourself and, based on internal insecurities that they refuse to acknowledge, arrive at the conclusion that you're too confident and need to be knocked down a peg
Person 1: But I've never even met them before. And I'm not even as confident as I'd like to be.
Person 2: Doesn't matter if you are or not, you look it to them, that's what they perceive and hence that is what they are going to act on. Maybe stroke up
a conversation with them and try to clear that up.