I was overprotected and never got much of a chance of socializing. What makes matters worse is I've been called creepy on a number of occasions, mostly by women.I understand it, because women are the main targets of sexual deviants, mostly from men, and our cable news indoctrinated society is very paranoid over this and many other things. I can talk fine with people that I know, but, lately, when I try to socialize with new people, I'm extremely conscious of how people perceive me. I wish I could look less shy. Its not anything I do consciously. As a result, I put out "vibes" that people might construe as creepy. I was hanging out with my friend Nikki one time and she introduced me to her friends. We smoked some weed, and I felt like I was doing all the wrong things. Everyone knew eachother, and I felt like I was the one who had to prove their selves. Anyway, I kind of just kept to myself and grew painfully introverted, and I only responded when I was asked questions. I was just generally averse, and, during the whole ordeal I got called "freak", "weirdo", "creep", etc. Its really emotionally shattering. The other day, I was over at a lending library, talking to some people about politics. I was talking to some different people, and I heard some girls in the back say, "that guy is creepy". I don't know if they were talking about me or what, but I overheard it. I don't look at women inappropriately, I keep a distance, I may not make the best eye contact, don't have the best speaking skills but keep a moderate volume, and I kind of have an insecure slouch. I don't really see how it gets misconstrued as creepy, but, in this society, it does. Maybe other people are insecure, and they like to point out other people's flaws to make their selves feel better about their selves. That could be part of it too. Its not all women that I get this from and not only women. I've overheard guys call me weird too. When it happens, though, I feel really depressed. Maybe I shouldn't take it personally, but I do. I don't want to come off as some mysogynist. I've even stopped looking at Penthouse, but I still put out the same vibes. I'm not really any type of sex fanatic. I just look quiet and reserved, and, automatically I'm assumed to be some sort of weirdo by some people. Its driving me nuts. Someone told me I should just not care, act like I'm the shit, and be myself. I think I am being myself. I'm scared of people now, and I don't like it. I have a fear of being rejected. Maybe I need to just stop being emotionally fragile or something, but you can't just turn it off. This has been the result of years of situational conditioning. I have a phobia now of coming off as being weird to people. Any input would be appreciated.