I can't remember a time that I was comfortable around other people. Besides my immediate family, I can barely talk around others, and I almost always feel awkward.
I find myself criticizing my words and actions later, and can get no relief. I want to be a genuinely friendly person, but I struggle with knowing what to say, how much to ask, how to answer, and how to act around other people. I want to get more comfortable around people, and I'm willing to face my fears of making a mistake, but where do I start?