- "People can be intrusive and threatening to my personal comfort."
- "The world doesn't always provide what you need, so it pays to find ways to be self sufficient."
- "Others want more from me than I want to give."
- "I must protect my time and energy by having firm boundaries and maintaining my private space; otherwise, others will deplete me."
- "The emotional demands of others make on me will exhaust my inner resources and so should be avoided."
- "If I open up to relationships, others will expect and demand more than I have to give. Having too many relationships with the wrong kind of people leads to t he risk of feeling totally depleted."
- "Commitments are burdens that are too heavy to carry with me. It's best to travel light."
- "I am powerless when it comes to negotiating my needs and desires, and others may not listen anyway, so the safest course of action is to withdraw."
- "Overall, separation from others feels more comfortable than the alternative."
- "If I am spontaneous in my actions or feelings, others will disapprove, I will feel embarrassed or I will feel out of control or expose myself in a way that seems intolerable."
- "It's better and safer to feel my emotions when I am by myself (and not when I am in the presence of others)."
- "Knowledge is power."
- Knowledge is best attained through observation, research and the collection and comparison of data".