One must understand that a threat is born from a place of fear, rejection, perceived pain and difference. It’s expected that One should respond to a threat from the same place of inner fear, and become defensive–build a wall, and protect One’s self from the apparent danger or discomfort.
Though, what would be different if One responded with great gentleness? Firm, yet friendly? Stern, but centered? We can change what it means to threaten and be threatened by changing our perceptions of possible outcomes.
Fear is only fed by the flame of more fear allowing angry fires to destroy everything around it. Though, calm respect and careful understanding work to water down any heated situation. With this approach, One can gift their opponent an opportunity to confront not with petty provocation, but with gentle conviction.