The Risk Dimension

Patterns

There are four problematic patterns in the Risk Dimension—Underminer, Obsessive-Compulsive, Phobic, and Reckless. You may click on each link to learn more about the pattern and then decide if you want to explore it, now or later.

The Underminer is an Inner Critic that tells you that you don’t have what it takes to be successful, so your confidence is undermined. You are so tied in knots that you become timid, frightened, and insecure. As a result, you don’t assert yourself, become visible, or take any risks to advance yourself or to take responsibility for your life.

The Obsessive-Compulsive Pattern involves having obsessive thoughts that keep circling in your head or compulsive behavior patterns that are intended to keep your life perfectly under control in order to ward off feared consequences. (This pattern is not in STJ yet.)

The Phobic Pattern involves being anxious about situations in your life and therefore avoiding them, even when they don’t involve any realistic risk. It can mean avoiding going out into the world or avoiding certain situations that frighten you. (This pattern is not in STJ yet.)

The Reckless Pattern involves taking risks without regard for the consequences and putting yourself in unnecessary danger. This pattern can sometimes even involve being counterphobic.

Capacities

There are two complementary healthy capacities in the Risk Dimension--Prudence and Courage. You may click on each link to learn more about the capacity and then decide if you want to work on developing it, now or later.

The Prudence Capacity involves being careful to take risks that are likely to succeed and not taking risks that are unnecessarily dangerous. (This capacity is not in STJ yet.)

The Courage Capacity involves being able to take the risks that are needed in order to be in the world and move your life ahead.




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