I am Max and I am a 19 year old college student from Spain. I had a very troubled childhood laced with mental illness and bullying. I have since moved on but I feel like my birth name (not included here) binds me to my past experiences.
I already know how I want to be called (Max) but I don't know how to introduce this change to my friends and family. Please note that I am a bit socially anxious so overly expressive methods are out of bounds. Thanks!
Edit: I plan on changing my name legally but I have to prove that I use my name in my daily life for my change to be allowed. So that's something I have to keep for later.
Edit 2: I have successfuly told my friends about the name change. I am very grateful for your help. I recieved a lot of support and only a few questions, understandable from my point of wiew.