The antinatalist community to me is a haven; never have I found a place with so many like-minded people, with such amiable attributes about them - the greatest of all being your constant civility; while you may not always agree with me, when you do disagree, no hissy fits are thrown, no chairs are broken, and no one has to apologise. You only really see this kind of thing with certain philosophy forums, though even then, it's still a rare find to participate in such a thread there. Don't led this post mislead you - I'm not leaving any time soon. I'm simply coming onto the topic of social interaction, and coming out of my shell a bit. Comment with your social situation, or on the strangeness of my disposition.
My approach in social situations is quite a simple one. The gameplan generally goes something as follows:
Step 1: Find out who is the most dominant person in the room (only perform said step in group conversations)
Step 2: Find what that person likes, and as a secondary objective find what other people like
Step 3: Fit my malleable personality to meet their likes and dislikes, and if failing that, keep asking questions about their personal life.
Step 4: Bathe in the brief bliss of social acceptance
I'm not a sociopath, by the way. I just happened to miss out on a rather critical stage of mental development in my childhood, and as a result, my sense of self is rather, let's say, lacking. It doesn't seem wrong to me to do what I do - it happens naturally, actually, just like with you, barring the autists among us. It doesn't seem wrong to me to misrepresent myself in any way - in fact I'd probably go to the trouble of feigning belief in Islam if I cared about my friends that much. You see, I don't 'feel' the inherent 'wrongness' of these things I do - to me it seems perfectly good, since all I am doing is maximising the amount of personal success I have and the amount of personal satisfaction I give to others. Why should I trap myself in a fakery of a character - not having a 'me' is exactly who I am. My lack of personality IS my personality. Now whether this is due to some kind of Cluster B Personality Disorder or High Functioning Autism I really don't care anymore, maybe that's true, but regardless, I am who I am, or rather I am who I'm not.
Oh and, just as a note: I hold onto my personal beliefs with great gusto, I just don't tell most people what they are and mislead them a bit. Be assured that I'm an antinatalist to the core, and would never have a child just to make someone happy. I have limits, as it were.
Comments appreciated. Now I've told my story, why don't you tell yours?