If your natural motivation is protect you just want to keep what you’ve got and not lose anything.
Therefore you behave in ways that you think will preserve life as it is. You tend not to take risks and resist change. This is not a bad thing; it’s part of who you are, and there are many instances in life when being motivated to protect is healthy and appropriate.
If unaware of your nature, protect turns into deny. You can’t protect what you won’t see. If you deny your nature, you can’t protect yourself from the pitfalls, blind spots, and dark side of your nature, and you end up trying to protect a life that is not authentic, or worse, a delusion.