Comment: Perhaps it has something to do with the way personality forms.

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Perhaps it has something to do with the way personality forms.

If I understand it correctly, when we are born we don't see a distinction between the world and ourselves; we think the world is part of us. The process of identity formation is one of reaching an understanding that we are separate and that others are not part of us. Much can go wrong in this process, and for some, perhaps many, an independent identity is never fully formed; it can be frightening to stand on your own and it seems that the need to be accepted by others or the fear of being alone crushes independence.

It seems that as adults we fall into one of two groups. One is composed of dependent, collectivist individuals, and the other is composed of independent, self determined individuals.

It has a lot to do with the way we were parented and how that affected how we came to see and value ourselves.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.