Aggressive in nature – Process focused – Insufficient at being involved – Apprehensive
The insecure attitude is characterized by an insecure and negative focus on the aspect that creates this third attitude. The attitude is aggressive in nature, focused on processing information, and insufficient at involving itself in the details surrounding whatever aspect it holds. This attitude is generally skeptical, unsure, anxious, and unwilling to involve itself in the details of whatever aspect it holds.
Due to the aggressive nature of the third attitude, the owner often considers acting on it. This activity typically does not bring personal satisfaction because the process attitude is missing the confidence in end-goals to determine how they should go about fulfilling the achievement. The owner looks to others to assess their own progress because of a lack of confidence in this area. This attitude has difficulty influencing the environment because outside criticism can reverse the owner’s direction of activity. This inconsistent behavior makes it the most problematic in the mind of the owner because progress is desired but is derailed by negative perceptions from the self or others. The owner of the third attitude deals with this by suppressing the aspect or increasing activity for the purpose of gaining feedback, explained below:
Reactive Phase – Willing to spend limitless time engaging with the aspect even if this will not produce useful results. Will become argumentative, aggressive and fiercely in opposition to those who pressure or overtly engage in the aspect. This is the most obvious phase of the third attitude.
Dormant Phase – Concealing the aspect within oneself and rejecting others’ input. Prefer to ignore the aspect in order to avoid the anxiety that it entails. May cause the person to appear unconcerned (4th attitude).
Secure Phase– Successfully calming the anxiety through growth, learning, and calm interpretation of the aspect. May cause the person to appear confident or flexible (1st or 2nd)
All three phases can occur in a person for an array of reasons. When the owner of the third attitude consistently receives unfavorable feedback, they may tend to become overwhelmed and transition into a dormant phase. The owner frequently manifests a reactive phase when feedback reinforces their need to protect themselves and prove that they are sufficient within the aspect. Secure phases arise when one is doing the work necessary to understand their own reactions. Therapy, self-development and doing the difficult work to uncover traumas, anxiety and natural fears are all successful ways to carry someone into the revered secure phase.
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