Do you think blanket statements such as "I don't care what others think" are a way to cover an insecurity or fear?

I truly believe most people who talk like this are trying to cover something. Basic logic tells us that humans are social creatures and we naturally conform into a society. If you're ostracized by society, then it's going to significantly impact your life in a negative way. Human's who don't have a social life suffer from depression and some even go insane in periods of long term isolation. So of course we care what others think to an extent. That's in no way an admission to insecurity. Why do people need to go out of their way to say these things such as they don't give a shit about the acceptance of others?

Or I saw a question asking if people are afraid of death. Almost half of the people said that they're not afraid of death. Dude, I'm calling bullshit. I'm a ghetto street cop and my heart was pounding every time I had to pull out my weapon. All of my friends in the Marine Corps told me their first experience in combat, and it was all same story of them telling me that they were about to shit their pants. My best friend who's a firefighter tells me he practically shits his pants on some of the calls he goes on too. When I found out I had cancer, my heart literally stopped and I was emotionally numb for a good week. That's all scary shit. Even people who take their own lives are scared. You're telling me that your very existence on this planet being taken away does not evoke any emotion of fear? Bullshit. Are people trying act like they're tough by saying this?

I know there's a lot of other examples, but I guess you get the gist of what I'm getting at. It's like they're trying so hard to come across as confident or strong, that it pushes past the limits of what's actually rational.
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