Unless they are enlightened or highly conscious, people do not see who you really are. They see their causes, their limitations, their fears. Because those things are what they are most familiar with. They have invested enormous amounts time, energy and focus in maintaining fear and limitation, making them a sort of emotional appendage. Some are so addicted to their fears that they will take the simplest, authentic gesture and literally turn it into a malevolent one.
Fear feeds anxiety, insomnia, and loneliness. It is a spiritual poison. It is the greatest sickness of the human race. (Self-righteousness runs a close second.)
You cannot wish away fear, or hope it into elimination. You must dare fear to face you, run at it with full force, and thrust yourself through it into outright free-fall. And how do you muster that level of courage? You trust that the most important part of you, the purest part, will survive; and then you run at it like hell.