I have seen many people who hide simple things just to create their own more importance or sometimes for no reason at all. Few examples are: -- When I was a kid, a girl in my neighbor used to go to swimming. My parents were new to that area and were ignorant so were not thinking of making us join any extra curricular activities. When I came to know that girl is going for swimming, I asked her where is she going. She was 10 then and so am I. She was innocent so frankly told me that "My mom has asked not to tell anyone". I asked her why. She said that her mom told her that if others also come to know you're going for swimming classes then others will also join and then you'll not be different from others and will not look smarter than others. -- My aunt smartly ask recipes from my mother. But if something she made and when we ask her, she tries to turn the topic and if we still ask, she misguide us about ingredients -- My colleague opened her gmail account and she set a very good theme. I simply asked her, hey, how did you do that? My account look simple and how can I do that? She lied to me that someone else did it for her and she doesn't know. --- My cousin wears unique dresses, shoes, perfume, etc. Me and my other cousins complement her about that and often ask her that where did she buy all this. She tells us lie that she get all this in gifts. However, we came to know that she is addicted to online shopping and she buy all this online but she never tell us that. --- The same cousin lost lots of weight. When we ask her what did she do she will not tell us the trick. Not only her but many people who lose weight always lie that they automatically lost weight -- The above examples are still okay but this one you'll find ridiculous. My aunt was preparing nutritious dalia with multi-grain flours for her son. When my brother was born and when my mom asked her how to prepare that dalia so that she can also give that nutritious food to my brother, my aunt literally was hiding that from her and she didn't tell truth to my mom. She kept on diverting the topic and never answered my mom about that. I agree that an artist has the right to keep his/her art secret. But those are simple things of life. What will you lose if you cooperate a bit to others and tell them or support them or coach them so that they can also do all that. I am not saying that I always want to copy others and don't want to do my own research but if I knew something, I believe in sharing with others. People who hide such simple things, what big importance they will create for themselves by doing all this?