I read an interesting article in the New York Times called Diary of a Creep. Here’s a link.
The author, Rend Smith, writes poignantly and honestly about his sense of “unmanageable isolation” and the pain of sensing that strangers avoid or move away from him in public because of his appearance, the result of a skin condition.
I admire his frankness. I also suspect that many of us feel something like this, though perhaps not as far out on the continuum of self-consciousness.