The kind of co-worker I am: My equals at work are all females. I have been working with all of them for over 1.5 years. I am not friends with any of them. I see them 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Even after all this time I don't socialize with any of them, but they have all become good friends with each other. Even though I am of the opposite gender, it still seems like I should at least have some sort of rapport with them but I really don't. They treat me like I am a weirdo since every attempt they make to connect with me on a personal level, I reject. I don't understand completely why I do this, but part of it comes from my experience in dealing with women. I am a really silly person when you get to know me. As soon as girls get to know me for being silly/funny, they usually become "too comfortable" with me. When I say that they become "too comfortable", I mean that they see it as being OK to exploit me or embarrass me in front of many people. They simple don't understand that there are some lines they shouldn't be crossing. I know most of your advice will be to set the boundaries right off the bat. I would like to say right now that my only real interest in developing relationships with girls is to establish one where I can be myself, but the girls also treat me with respect and maturity. Vice versa as well, I would like girls to be comfortable being themselves around me. How can I do this? If I treat girls with respect, then they will return the favor. As soon as I expose my personality, it all flushes down the toilet. Also, what do you think these girls think of me? Do you think that they think I am a weirdo? I have heard that they say bad things about me. I have been a little harsh with some of them before, but not enough to justify them talking about me like that behind my back. It's also really annoying when I walk into a room and they are in there and all of a sudden they all stop talking and look at me. Then when I am leaving the room, I can hear them breaking into laughter. What the fuck?