How can I overcome my fear of social contact and being open to meeting new people?
I'll try to elaborate better, but ever since I was a child I've been very shy around people, and have trouble making new friends. I had no problems before I moved states 6 months ago, because I was around the people at my other school for 6 years, and was friends with almost everyone in my grade. Now I'm here and I'm re experiencing my same old problem. For some reason I just can't make close relationships with people even though I REALLY want to. I'm always very distant from my 'friends' here and always avoid discussing my current emotions. It's just very hard for me to open up to people. I'm 18 and finishing my last year so I'm definitely running out of time to make friends because I have no idea what I'm going to do once I'm out in the world. How can I get over this fear and be more socially comfortable with people?
Let me add that I can talk to one person at the most very easily, but if I'm in a group with two other people or more I literally say nothing.