Can you truly say that the opinions and or judgements of others have zero influence on you? I hear so many people say without any hesitating and with utter defiance - YES! Yes I can!
I mean if that is the case then great, really you are a free soul.
I used to be one of those people and I really did believe myself when I made such a bold statement. Society has however tainted me and now it's somewhat a conscious effort NOT to do something that is MY 'norm' but someone else's 'weird, cooky, or crazy' Don't get me wrong I'm still all those things when my mind doesn't get to edit lol but I've kind of put a leash on some things I do now - a long leash... but still a leash. Because I can no longer say YES! to this question with complete and utter certainty. I think I would answer with a "not all the time" :)...xX
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I care a little too much about what people think about me. Not so much as in the sense of positive or negative comments, but more so what is true or not true. Like, if a moron walked up to me, and gave me the WORST deduction based on what he sees about me or what I do, and it's TOTALLY off mark, I flip out, cause he's a moron.
However, just the same, if he gives a sterling deduction, I'll be impressed. So, it's not so much as an ego thing (some people care about what others think about them because they have low/high self esteem which needs to be fed), but more like I simply like intelligent people who can find truth in deduction, and if you think of me in a certain way that is valid/invalid, I could get pissed of impressed cause you may be intelligent/a moron.1