I criticise you (I attack). I apologise to you (I retreat). I justify my behaviour (I stand my ground). ‘Criticise’, ‘apologise’ and ‘justify’ are verbs for psychological actions. We can also describe psychological actions with verbs for physical actions. I ‘bulldoze’ you (I attack). I ‘cave in’ (I retreat). I ‘dig my heels in’ (I stand my ground).