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Eye Contact
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25 / Behind you
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Posted 7/24/12
Not looking people in the eye is a sign of weakness. It's what distinguishes predator and prey in the world. If you don't make proper eye contact then you are looked down upon as somebody who is weaker. That being said, I have a hard time looking people in the eye.

An especially hard time looking them in the eye AND talking to them. It's just something I struggle with and force myself to improve upon.
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M / Seattle
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If your talking with someone you should always do it, shows that you are actually paying attention
Posted 7/24/12
I'd say eye contact is important to me. I moved from wooden to ceramic glass eyes in both sockets this spring and I usually ask everyone I talk to if the change was better or worse. I got annoyed with the sidelong gazes and uncomfortable mumblings when I was still using the ol' cherry wood carved eyes. Now people I've met don't even notice they're glass!
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23 / M / Nova Scotia, Canada
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Posted 7/24/12
I instinctively avoid eye contact. With everybody. If I'm forced to keep eye contact for too long, I lose focus on what they're talking about and start becoming slightly aggressive in speech.

That being said, I find it easier to listen while looking away from the person talking.
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19 / F / US of A
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Posted 7/24/12
I find it easy and as sign of respect. You know when I don't like someone: I won't even look at the fool!!
Posted 7/24/12 , edited 7/24/12
If someone is all up in my bubble I wont look them in the eye but my friends, or who I may be dating... I always look them in the eye. I always look happy even when you stare me straight in the eye because they are misleading, I can't look how I really feel because of my damn kid face/ blue eyes. I want dark eyes.... *starts singing... no one knows what its like... to be the bad man to be the sad man behind blue eyes (woman)
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Posted 8/1/12
I use to be that shy kid that NEVER looked people in the eye.

Now I find myself a little too cocky, tough, and what not and I look them straight in the eye.
It shows that I won't take their shizzz and I like seeing my reflection in their eye. Unless they have blue eyes (which have no reflection), I'll just admire them :3
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25 / M / Somewhere
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Posted 8/1/12
Still hard on me too, unless he has a typical face that I comfortable of,
I would avoid eye contact as much as possible without make them think weird to me if his/her typical face / expression is making me uncomfortable....

usually after talk ends, I end up remembering how I was look back there and what his facial expression means and trying to guess what he/she think to me
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24 / F / Florida, US
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Posted 8/1/12
I don't like making eye contact much at all, I feel self-conscious and it opens up the door for conversation. Also, I feel it respects others' privacy, as well as my own. This is the norm in Japan actually--another thing I find appealing about that country
Posted 8/18/12
I saw my crush a few days ago. Couldn't do for the life of me.
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24 / F / Toronto, Canada
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Posted 8/18/12
Eye contact is hard.

I try to avoid it unless I'm staring someone down.
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Posted 8/18/12
I'm awful at eye contact.
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22 / M / Louisiana
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Posted 8/18/12
My parents would always get pissed if i wasnt looking at them when they were lecturing me on something bad i did so im pretty good about it now. If its a crush though im still kinda bad about it
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F / Sasebo, Nagasaki-shi
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Posted 8/18/12
It was difficult for me before I really started dating or being more outgoing. I've always been more introverted (like most of us probably are/were), so it took me awhile to really get the importance of making eye contact.

With my friends it is not so difficult anymore, but with people I don't know very well or I have an attraction to, it is still pretty difficult to maintain eye contact. I get nervous and so my eyes wander away. I find that when I make direct contact for too long, it makes speaking more difficult for me (like speaking in front of a large crowd), so it is easier to look away.

It's a work in progress.
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28 / M / New York City
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Posted 8/18/12
For friends and family, no sweat.

Outside of that it varies...but in the past I had difficulty maintaining it for a number of reasons.

Towards other guys? I used to peer away, now I give glances every now and then...most of the time neutral of the person hasn't wronged me..but if I know the person is of bad character, the glance or peer is concentrated. (This could happen with a girl to).

With girls? In the past I used t be much much more shy, so I'd glance and immediately look away -- never to look again. Nowadays it's different, if the girl is attractive or I am interested in her, I make sure to make my look known...though its not prominent enough to make the girl look uncomfortable. It's interesting because not too long ago I told a girl whom I've known for awhile that I was interested in her. Before when we interacted the eye contact was minimal...but now that she knows of my interests, the glances have become more constant and the vibe is different (in a good way haha).

Even so, it's something I am constantly working on depending on the situation.
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