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I Don't Like to Make Eye Contact

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    I Just Can't

    i cannot look anyone in the eye. just having someone look at me makes me anxious, i blush get all fidgety and uncomfortable. when i talk to my friends i will look at the tv computer my dog anything to avoid eye contact with strangers or people i don't know real well i just keep...
    NobodiesDaughter NobodiesDaughter 31-35, F Jun 14, 2012

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    Its So Awkward...

    ive never been comfortable making eye contact with anyone. at my job i work with the public. and i always worry that people think im mean and rude because i never look in their eyes.  i even had a boyfriend once that was really bothered by it. i dont even like to look family...
    jshirlnita jshirlnita 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 3, 2010

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    Not a Fan of Eye Contact Either...

    ...probably because of my general anxiety around people, but I'm working on it - most of the time.
    Chrisanna Chrisanna 36-40, F Feb 26, 2009

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    I Don't Like To Make Eye Contact

    Even though I tell the truth about things  I get nervous when I make eye contact  so I don't like making eye contact.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Dec 27, 2011

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    Staring

    Whenever you talk to someone u cant stop staring at their eyes and ur self conscious about eye contact, it produces an off puting effect
    gajosam gajosam 18-21, M Sep 15, 2013

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    🐾I don't know why I don't.

    my parents think it is sooooo disrespectful but I am not trying to be disrespectful at all!i don't get why people think that if your not staring in their eyes that your not listening!!!i feel like I hear so much better without looking,and I can follow people's thoughts better...
    Insidewolf Insidewolf 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2013

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    Trust?

    Whether it's talking to someone sitting next to me, or eating with someone, or just.. walking in silence in general, I cannot seem to make eye contact. I'm full of confidence, and I don't like being put down, but for some reason, it's like this feeling of shame overwhelms me. The...
    Krayons Krayons 16-18, F Feb 3, 2008

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    I Don't Like To Make Eye Contact

    i hate making eye contact.i dnt understand why most people want to look in my eyes.i hate it because i am fraid they will be able to see my life story and  be able to see the pain i will be under
    lucreatia lucreatia 22-25 5 Responses Mar 9, 2012

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    I feel like I'm staring at someone

    and that I'm being rude, I don't feel comfortable.
    Mahsa99 Mahsa99 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    For the most part I just glance around the room

    when I'm talking to people. Sometimes you just have to look right at people to reassure them that you're still paying attention, but since I hate making eye contact, I just look at their eyebrows. It's close enough to really looking at them I guess. This is probably why I'm...
    Ridiculousity Ridiculousity 18-21 2 Responses Feb 18

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    The Lookaway Kid

    I dont like to make eye contact because of the high sales environment we live in people think nothing about lying to you directly. I prefer to listen for voice inflections instead. no I am not an expert but I prefer to have people lie to the air instead of to me. I definitly have...
    justlooking5 justlooking5 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 18, 2012

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    The Cult Of Contact

    Until I was 17, I was blissfully unaware of the world's obsessive support for eye contact. I remember that my enlightenment came at 17 because this was the year that I met my hyper-social friend Alicia. She had arrived at my intimidatingly large high school after she and her...
    immerwhite immerwhite 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 1, 2010

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    Trust?

    It's not that I don't like it, I just never seem to do it with people I don't know very well. I don't avoid looking people in the eye intentionally, it just happens. I'm perfectly comfortable with looking in the eyes of people I am very familiar with. It must have to do with the...
    naturefreak1 naturefreak1 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2012

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    Eyes As Gateway To The Soul

    Many people believe that the eyes are a gateway to the soul. At very least, I believe they show a lot of emotion (more for some than others) and I am always afraid of what people might see. Will they see all my pain? all my sadness and depair? They won't believe when I say I am...
    kzoodiana kzoodiana 36-40, F 3 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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    "What Color Are My Eyes?"

    It has always been kinda hard for me to do. Not really sure why but when I am speaking to some one at my work I really have to strain to keep looking in their eyes. I am always wandering off, looking in the distance, and around me.  I could speak with some one and not be...
    allyKat allyKat 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 10, 2007

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    From as far back as I can remember,

    I've never liked making eye contact with people. It actually scared me. Didn't matter who it was. Family, friends, strangers, etc. I would look anywhere but their eyes, or even their face. I would look at my hands, my feet, my surroundings. I'd twist my body this way and that...
    SummerSoldier SummerSoldier 22-25 4 Responses Jun 2

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    Shy Eyes

    Im shy and always feel really anxious looking people in the eye...its just awkward.
    HazelMustang2012 HazelMustang2012 16-17, M Jul 4, 2008

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    Its Weird

    It makes me feel uncomfortable  no matter the person, I can't stand it.
    iminpain iminpain 18-21, M 3 Responses Dec 11, 2009

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    Disrespectful?

    I work as a bar maid in a local pub, i really struggle to make eye contact with the customers, even the regulars. when i do manage to look people in the eye i feel so uncomfortable that i quickly look away and usually turn away completely.My boss says that  this behaviour makes...
    button2010 button2010 22-25, F Jan 3, 2012

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    All the Power In the World Resides In the Eyes

    I was always bothered making eye contact with anyone. Cause I feel like they can see what I'm thinking. And I have plain brown boring eyes. So there nothing to look at, but pretty soon (I hope!) I'll be getting green contacts there the exact same color that Jennifer Tilly had at...
    Ivyflower Ivyflower 18-21, F 2 Responses May 13, 2008

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    It's Odd To Me To Look Into Peoples Eyes

    I hate looking people I don't know and don't like in the eyes.It bothers me for people to stare into my eyes.It makes me uneasy and uncomfortable when people try to.I just can't stand it.
    zar13 zar13 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 21, 2012

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    It'S Extremely Awkward.

    I only JUST became aware of eye contact and its importance. I used to just avoid it and not think twice, but I have come to realize that I look very weird that way. It just seems very awkward to me to stare at someone's face while I am/they are talking. And I can't seem to look...
    EverythingEnds EverythingEnds 18-21, F 2 Responses May 5, 2013

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    I Lve Heard That The Eyes Are The Window To Ones Soul..

    I dont want people to see the pain im in. At the same time I could barely glance into someones eyes and see how good or bad they reallyvare.All in all I dont want seeing my deepest fears and desires.
    Meanderinghearts Meanderinghearts 26-30, F Feb 10, 2012

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    Too Many Unknowns

    Staring into someone's eyes is considered intimate, so at what point does making eye contact become staring? I have never heard of a good time limit, or where to look when you reached it, or how long you have to avoid eye contact between making eye contact to avoid staring. I...
    MrWinstonSmith MrWinstonSmith 22-25, M Jan 13, 2013

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    Immortalpoison Immortalpoison 13-15, F Feb 11

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    I Worry.....

    About what people might see. If I allow just anyone to look in my eyes, then they can see my soul. My soul is a private & sacred place to me. I don't want just anyone seeing it. My eyes are the windows to me & I'm too scared to allow anyone to "see" me.....
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 9, 2009

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    It's Not Natural to Me.

    I have to make a conscious effort to look at someone in the eyes. But I find it easier to let my eyes wander because it allows me to actually concentrate and remember what is being said by a person. It is unfortunate that it's considered rude not to make eye contact. I'm still...
    Chrestomanci Chrestomanci 22-25, M 13 Responses Jan 25, 2009

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    They Don't Shine Like They Should

    My low self-esteem makes it hard for me to make eye-contact. Cause I feel bad about my look I feel if I look in other's eyes they will see it too. Also if I see them look at me I get the feeling they are finding things in their head that are wrong with me.  ...
    Rawa Rawa 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 11, 2008

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    Not sure since when,

    but I don't like making eye contact with much people. It's very uncomfortable, literally speaking, it's like looking at their souls. I do not want to see their souls, I am not interested to see their souls. And i do NOT want them to see my soul either. ESPECIALLY people I do NOT...
    enragedmisfit enragedmisfit 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    One Word:

    Aspergers! Chances are that's what you have if you have trouble making eye contact.
    NickCC NickCC 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 19, 2012

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    Complaining About Not Making Eye Contact Is A Waste Of Time

    Every time people complain about not making eye contact is not worth it. My aunt did this all the time with me. I will be talking to her and she constantly complained about me not making eye contact. So what if I look at something for a seconds and then look back at you. If all...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 2, 2012

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    Hate It.

    I can't look people in the eye. I don't like people looking directly at me. At first, I thought it was because I was extremely shy. Now, I think it is because I am self conscious of my appearance. I'm scared they will see every single flaw that I see when I look into the...
    ZZ00ZZ ZZ00ZZ 22-25, F 2 Responses May 19, 2012

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    I Hate Making Eye Contact

    I have the same problem. I can only look at someone for about two to threwe seconds and then I look away. Im also shy so that might play a factor and half the time I dont know what to say.
    xjerseygrl4lyfex xjerseygrl4lyfex 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 6, 2011

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    Trouble!

    When I was growing up, eye contact earned me an ***-kicking, from the other children. So, I grew up fearing it! It even got so bad, that I was afraid to look into the eyes of people on tv. :-o Then one day, I thought, "This is silly! The people in the television can't hurt...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 28, 2009

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    Hate It!

    I hate making eye contact ever. I feel like whenever someone, say my brother or friend, looks me in the eye it's insulting. I get very uncomfortable. I mean, I can look at someone's eyes when they are looking away, but not them looking at my eyes as I am looking at their's. I...
    QuilTheAnimal QuilTheAnimal 13-15, F Aug 6, 2012

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    I Feel Extremely Awkward And Self Conscious.

    I dislike making eye contact because it makes me feel self conscious. I can't see out of one eye and sometimes it becomes lazy so I feel as if people will notice and think I'm disgusting because of it. I've tried to hold eye contact with people I'm talking to before since my mom...
    Paramount2play Paramount2play 18-21, F Aug 18, 2012

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    Overwhelming and Intimate

    Oh wow - I agree.  I am not good at making eye contact at all.  I know this is a weakness of mine and is not a good attribute to have in the business world, but I just do not like making eye contact at all.  When I walk down the halls, I look at the ground and...
    neptuneboy neptuneboy 31-35, M Jul 17, 2007

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    Don't Look At Me.

    I don't like making eye contact. I'm not really sure why but after a month of dating my current boyfriend I was talking to him and looking down at the table we were sitting at and he pointed out that I wouldn't look at him when I talk to him. I still do this but not nearly as...
    sweetie06 sweetie06 21-25, F 2 Responses Aug 3, 2007

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    when i look at people in the eye

    for a long time during a conversation I feel like they're evaluating me and looking deep inside my thoughts and stuff. then I realize they're staring at me and I get self conscious and idk is that weird that it makes me a little uncomfortable?
    englxnd23 englxnd23 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I Fear Feeling What They Are Feeling

    I avoid eye contact with people (even my own parents) when they are talking about emotional stuff because the strong emotions (anger/depression/disappointment) that I FEEL from their eyes always make me feel very uncomfortable and trigger similar STRONG emotions in me. Does...
    anttang anttang 22-25, F Jul 4, 2013

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    It's Awkward!

    I hate making eye contact with teacher. It's so awkward how they walk around STARING at u!
    HONKGamzeeHONK HONKGamzeeHONK 13-15, F Apr 13, 2012

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    Shyness, Aspergers Or Both

    I've normally has a hard time with eye contact.  Kind of like being so close to something that it is actually hard to see.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 30, 2011

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    Uncomfortable

    I get really uncomfortable when I make eye contact with people that I'm not close to. My eyes water, I get fidgety, I feel like their staring at me and there's something wrong. I have a bad habit of covering my mouth with my hand and looking down when I speak. I don't like it...
    CheerioGrrrl CheerioGrrrl 13-15, F May 23, 2012

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    Awkward....

     i must look at people wrong or something D: whenever i meet eyes with someone i dont know in the hallway at school they get the "deer caught i the headlights look" D: at public places too...i avoid it because its a lil awkward... other than that i have to remind...
    kittycat101303 kittycat101303 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2009

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    My Ex..

    He taught me how not to look in the eyes of others. He was pretty emotionally abusive and conditioned me to not look someone in the eyes, especially other men. I've never been able to completely shake it, even with my ex long gone and being married to someone else.
    meowmeowface meowmeowface 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 11, 2007

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    Hardly Ever.

    If your eyes are the window to your soul, do you really want to let anyone look at what your feelings and emotions are?? I make eye contact if it's someone I really trust. Then it's not very hard. But I still try to keep a bit of a guard up all the time no matter who it is, and...
    elliebear22 elliebear22 16-17, F Sep 17, 2011

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    I Don't Like To Make Eye Contact

    i hate making eye contact.i dnt understand why most people want to look in my eyes.i hate it because i am fraid they will be able to see my life story and  be able to see the pain i will be under
    lucreatia lucreatia 22-25 1 Response Mar 9, 2012

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