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When yo see a doctor, his or her job is to idenify the nature of your problem and how to help, not to assess your intelligence and give you an IQ score or something like that ! Sounds like an element of Social Anxiety Disorder in what you're describing At any rate, the problem lies in self-defeating habits of thought that have developed over the years, and fortunately CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) is very effective in helping you to revise these thought-habits and grow confident and comfortable in such interactions. Check out available self-help CBT style books, and check out possible availability of free counselling at a medical school or similar training institution, from psychologists or social workers in trainin --- as trainees they would be supervised and especially careful about being helpful, and would have the advantage of backup from their supervisor.
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