No prizes for 'most pretentious writing prompt so far', but here goes. I don't see any problem with using writing prompts – I'm more or less looking to get words on the page and then go from there, and this one I found super interesting, and not just because I'm an English literature student.
Having always been fiercely independent, around sixteen or seventeen I also made a pretty conscious decision to be private and deal with things On My Own. No doubt, this has had drawbacks, and I'm still working on being able to communicate and ask for help effectively.
This iceberg quote, however, pretty much summed it up for me – when people can only see one-eight or so of what you are doing, and you still produce and achieve what you do, it essentially looks more impressive.
Keeping cards close to your chest is an effective strategy but is also exactly that – a strategy. There is a fine balance between being a private person and deliberately distancing yourself from people, and it pays to tread it wisely. In the search for 'dignity' I suppose you want to avoid getting yourself into another idiom – paddling frantically beneath the surface whilst it all looks rosy above water.