From what I can tell, people will follow one of two voices; there’s the smartest voice and the most comforting voice. Occasionally there’s the voice that does both, but generally it seems that the actual REASON a person follows even that voice is due more to perceived intellect or comfort and not both.
We believe that it’s in search of some truth–something seemingly unquestionable, which gives us comfort and security–that we might hold some imagined position of enlightenment. It’s the comfort and security that betray us, because the subconscious ulterior motive is to gain that comfort for oneself, and not to obtain the truth that may well be detrimental to both the self and to others.
I find that those who embrace external change often do so in excess to reconcile a debilitating fear of internal change.