Whenever I have something on my mind, I like to discuss it with someone, but I'm not exactly sure why. I love hearing people's opinions as it gives me different perspectives that I haven't thought of, which in turn transforms my opinion with added points of view that I agree with. But I noticed as of late when I have a very controversial opinion that gets more negative attention than positive, I'm more eager to delve into a discussion over it--and in my hypothesis based on my feelings, I'm more eager to get into a discussion then because I'm in need of affirmation for my opinion. When I receive such aversion of an opinion of mine I often feel insecure about it compared to if it were to receive none or positive feedback. But with or without criticism, I feel more confident about my opinion if a person I discuss it with also reassures my stance and/or I see more perspectives. Is this a sign of being open minded, or a sign of insecurity/needing validation?