The word doormat means:
A mat placed in a doorway, on which people can wipe their shoes on entering the building.
That's the traditional definition of the word doormat. However, another commonly used definition is:
A submissive person who allows other to dominate them.
The second definition is more interesting. Do you know any people that you would describe as a doormat? Are you a doormat?
Don't be a doormat. Here are some tips on how to not be a doormat:
- Don't devalue yourself. If you devalue yourself others will subconsciously (or consciously) do it even more so.
- Speak with confidence. Don't use words like "er" or "maybe". Be definitive in your language.
- Communicate. It's easy for spouses to treat the other as a doormat and for it to go on for several years all the while as it gets worse. Correcting course all starts with fundamental communication.
Also, do not confuse doormat meaning with dormant meaning. The word dormant means: having normal physical function suspended or slowed down for a period of time.
The word dormant has nothing to do with doormat except that it is spelled similarly.