The more secure someone is (in esteem, love, money, etc) the more willing they are to do things that other people aren’t doing.

“Is this a reason that we ended up sometimes underperforming because we are insecure about things, we want to get validated by winning various competitions?” Thiel asked, noting that he has wondered whether his “super talented gay friends” are not reaching their potential because they’re distracted by self-affirming competition.

Herding mentality. People are scared and insecure, so they seek safety in numbers. The more secure someone is (in esteem, love, money, etc) the more willing they are to do things that other people aren’t doing.

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