"why I am writing this article stems from my need for others to read my thought process and find it smart."
Whether we agree it or not, we tend to act or rather make a lot of decisions driven by our insecurities. People call insecurities a lot of different names. A chip on the shoulder. A fierce drive. But the truth is, more often than not, it's insecurity(s) underneath that mask. This line of thought got me thinking about personal validation and how far people go to get validated, which is a need that stems from one's insecurities. I might even go far enough to say that, a part of why I am writing this article stems from my need for others to read my thought process and find it smart.
Well, there is nothing wrong in seeking personal validation as long as it doesn't come at the expense of someone else. More often that, it's about you being better than someone else, i.e., more often than not, it's more about how you are better than someone at something rather than being an absolute need/desire. I am sure a lot of us will be able to relate to what I have said here. Well, if there is one way to cut down on this annoying need, it is to be able to compare ourselves to us rather than others. The need for validation will then translate into a need for growth and growth is necessary to better ourselves!