Michel Pireu Columnist

Second Handers, from Brett Steenbarger at Daily Speculations:

Ayn Rand used to talk of second-handers: those who derive their self-esteem from the perceptions of others, not from objective achievements. One virulent form of second-handedness masquerades as virtue: the need to be needed. I suspect it’s behind the overly chivalrous and boastful demeanour, but also behind the pessimism.

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