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Originally posted on Spawny's Space:
A recent comment exchange here with Tarn led to the question: “Who needs validation”? It was suggested that women do need it; and that some build their entire lives around it (e.g. Facebook). But what about men? How much do they need it? What exactly is validation and what is its purpose? It would seem that validation is social reward(s) (note that they are cheap to produce and distribute) that a group gives to its members for whatever reason. It used to be that society as a group socially rewarded members that contributed to the society. This is not quite the same thing as respect. Respect is an attitude, validation is a reward.
In my personal case, being an INTX, I grew up more or less disliked by my schoolmates. Part of it had to do with the ability of INTs to see right through people. Even…
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