are loyal, security-seeking, and hard-working people who can be very
perceptive regarding potential problems and dangers and how to
prepare for them.
are efficient troubleshooters who have a keen eye for spotting and
anticipating potential problems, but they do so with a calm and
methodic approach. They are masters of problem-solving. Their highly
developed analytical skills allow them to approach complex problems
in an investigative, diligent, and non-anxious way in order to find
solutions for things that don't work or to take preventive action for
things they anticipate may not work in the future. They take charge
of situations and take charge of themselves: they are proactive and
not reactive—they don't react emotionally to their own anxieties or
mental processes. They value the opinions of others and may take them
into account—they are very good as team players—but they also
trust themselves and their own heart and instincts, and know how to
take action on them.
anticipation of dangers and problems doesn't make them overly fearful
and anxious. They don't react to their perceptions, and as described
by Fabien and Patricia Chabreuil, “their fear doesn't become their
main focus of attention, they accept it but don't prolong it, amplify
it, extend it to other circumstances, or project it to other people.”
When they are able to act this way, they are truly courageous—not
simply brave nor trying to prove they are fearless. Seligman and
Peterson's definition of Courage applies to them: “The ability to
stand up for what is right in difficult situations.” Also, their
attentional range is quite wide, and includes not only potential
problems but also what works and other positive dimensions of reality
(what's uplifting, what is possible, what is inspiring, etc.) They
have a good sense of humor and can be funny and ironical, sometimes
laughing about themselves and their own fears.
are loyal and are very committed to their families, jobs, friends,
and communities. They are considerate, attentive, friendly, and
are hard workers, dutiful, responsible, reliable, and persistent.
They can persevere and maintain their course of action without regard
to discouragement, opposition, or previous failure.
spite of their active minds they know how to become quiet and simply
relax into their body experience (by breathing consciously, for
example). When they connect to their bodies they connect to the here
and now, to the present moment, and they thus can take a break from
their forecasting tendencies. This helps them as a powerful antidote
to negative mental states.
the Stuckness Zone,
they begin to act more fearfully and anxiously, focusing their
attention more exclusively on what could go wrong, what are the
negative possibilities. Their minds produce a continuous chatter,
sometimes of contradictory voices. They begin to react emotionally to
their perceptions. They either fight (counterphobic) their fears or
flee from them (phobic). Either way, they do it reactively. They turn
tense and vigilant, and this may be visible on the outside or it may
not. They become very focused on issues of certainty and security.
Paradoxically, the more they focus on these, the less certain and
secure they feel.
their attempt to feel security and certainty, they trap themselves in
a variety of ways.
their personal lives:
they try to stay hypervigilant in order to scan for potential dangers
and anticipate them. They overwhelm themselves with worst-case
scenarios. This creates the habit of chronic worry and makes them
feel exhausted, nervous, and anxious most of the time. They become
negative and pessimistic.
they become hyper-cautious and tense, in order to avoid any risk in
their lives. This makes them indecisive, hesitant, and ambivalent,
and it sometimes paralyzes them and prevents their taking charge and
action. Their ambivalence makes them engage in contradictory
it is hard for them to trust their own guidance and judgments, so
they become self-doubting and they disempower themselves. They may
make themselves powerless in the face of their problems and
challenges, and adopt an “I can't” mindset, falling into the
habit of complaining. They may magnify and amplify small injuries or
discomforts and overreact to minor obstacles with exaggerated
expressions of emotion. Their self-esteem suffers as a consequence.
they question the motives of others, cross-examining them, looking
for meaning, motivations, intentions, double messages, and
contradictions. They suspiciously doubt and test others and issues of
trust/distrust arise in their relationships.
they mismatch and play devil’s advocate: given a certain argument,
they take a position they don't necessarily agree with, just for the
sake of argument or to test the quality of the arguments and identify
weaknesses in them.
they try to secure others’ support by being loyal. In doing so,
they become both obedient and rebellious against authority.
they try to find certainty in systems, protocols, routines. They may
become stubborn and dogmatic. They may also try to find certainty by
asking for other people's advice and guidance.