What can I do to stop being so afraid of working with people?
Have you tried exposure therapy? I used to be afraid of mice, so, one day I went to the pet store and held one next to my face. Aside from the week I spent with dysentery, it all worked out quite well. Now, I’m not entirely sure nuzzling your coworkers aligns with your company harassment policy, but it can’t be any worse than cozying up to commercially bred vermin.
Truth be told, fear of man is a rather successful survival trait in the wild (and in South Side Chicago), so maybe you could keep your fear and just carry mace. If that results in another company violation, seek therapy.
the Strawboss has spoken