Oprah Winfrey has said that we all just want validation, and she has a large, highly varied, sample to work with.
Maybe this is just a human need.
But having people running around seeking validation can be a problem. A huge problem.
In some sense, Donald Trump’s problem is that he constantly craves validation, but has no idea how to seek it constructively.
Neediness is not an attractive quality. As a psychological motivator, it can cause people to abandon other, more important considerations, such as integrity or professional ethics.