Have you ever encountered people who think that danger lurks all around, that Murphy’s Law always applies, and often cry, “Wolf?”
That’s most likely the result of a loud left-brain voice called the “Hyper-Vigilant” shouting at them. It robs them of opportunities, of their credibility, and ultimately of their productivity and happiness.
Listen as two Certified Positive Intelligence Coaches, Carolyn Smith (Toronto) and Charlie Jett (Chicago) discuss this nasty critter. You can listen by clicking HERE.
The Hyper-Vigilant saboteur shows up as continuous (simmering or intense) anxiety watching for all the dangers and all that could go wrong. Where these can be protective superpowers, in the normal course of life, these become obstacles: at best one might call the Hyper-Vigilant a “worry wart” crying wolf, and at its worst, it prevents healthy trust, good relationship and effective progress.
- Hyper-Vigilants are always or often anxious, with chronic doubts about self and others.
- They have extraordinary sensitivity to danger signals.
- They have a constant expectation of mishap or danger.
- They might be suspicious of what others are up to.
- They believe that people just “mess up.”
- A Hyper-Vigilant might seek reassurance and guidance in procedures, rules, authorities, institutions.
Like the other saboteurs, the HYPER-VIGILANT resides in your LEFT BRAIN and has a loud voice that generally drowns out your wiser self.