Are you held hostage by the opinion of others?
“Held hostage” is far too strong a term. No – I am not held hostage by what others think of me, and like everyone, I do like to be thought well of by others.
I do have emotional responses when other people fail to acknowledge, or show active disrespect towards me.
And I am sufficiently far removed from normality that I am able to handle any such emotions, and to maintain a course of action or chain of thought that does not have social acceptance – and that comes with an emotional cost.
So no, I am not “held hostage” by what others think of me, and yes, the thoughts of others do have an effect upon me.