Our expert says:
This is just the sort of situation in which I usually recommend a specific form of psychotherapy / counselling called CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ), where there's a lot of good evidence that its effective, and it is especially good at identifying and helping you to change persistent habits of thought and behaviour, like your negative thinking and depression. It would also help you to learn better social skills - not changing at all who you are, but how you relate to other people, so as to get along better.
A psychologist could be very helpful to you here, if they use this modern technique - its not a question of changing your basic personality, but of changing how you express that personality, and that IS practical to achieve.
And do come back to us on the forum and let us know how you grow and improve with CBT.
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