- "The world is a dangerous place, and you must be alert to be aware of signs of trouble in order to stay safe".
- "By imagining the worst thing that could happen, you can prepare for it and thus potentially protect yourself or ward it off in advance."
- "By expecting and anticipating what might go wrong, you can guard against making mistakes, getting hurt or becoming trapped in a bad situation."
- "Imminent catastrophe could strike at any, and if you aren't prepared, you will be less able to prevent it or deal with it."
- "Searching for certainty and gathering information in an uncertain world is one way to feel safer."
- "It's difficult to completely trust anything (or anyone) because there's always room for doubt."
- "It's good to be on guard about how people might threaten you, hurt you or take advantage of you, so you won't be taken by surprise and unable to protect yourself."
- phobic: "By focusing on the ways in which I am vulnerable to others, I can take steps to minimize my vulnerability."
- counterphobic: "By focusing on the challenges I must meet as I move through life, I can think about ways to overcome those difficulties by proactively meeting them with strength and forcefulness."