People-Pleasing and Processing as an Empath

I’m inclined to be polite and nice to people I meet. I’m inclined to be polite and nice to people after I’ve known them for some time. Many of them get complaisant and decide they can talk down to me, bite my head off, ridicule or criticize me, and/or try to manipulate me. Or they at least display their suckiness in front of me. For instance, men make sexist comments — and I’m too shocked to immediately tell them…