Someone posted this in another thread... As I didn't want to ruin that thread I've posted my thoughts here... Let's say on this site I make a friend. Well that person doesn't really know me very well. They have an image of 'Ziggy' in their mind which they may like but that isn't really 'me'. So they don't like 'me', but only their own mental image of me. Agreed that's not socialization. However, in real life, someone may take a liking to me, they may think I'm funny, or caring, but that's not me either. That's also only an image of 'me' that they've created in their mind. When you act out your life to meet these mental images then people like you, but when you fail to meet these expectations, then they don't. So all you are trying to do in life is not to be you but to be this 'other' you that people have created. If that's the case then what connection do you have with other people at all?