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I Have Problems Maintaining Eye Contact

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    It'S Like My Eyes Are Drawn Away - I've had problems for years in maintaining eye contact with people when having a coversation. I can only glance at people's eyes nowadays, even...
    doubletalkinjive doubletalkinjive 18-21, F Apr 24, 2013

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    Omg I Thought It Was Only Me!!! - I hate to look people in the eye for more than a second it just makes me feel weird. When i walk down the hall at work and i see a coworker i look...
    greeneyednurse greeneyednurse 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 12, 2010

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    Have Trouble - Idk y but just have trouble maintaining eye contact. I dont like looking people in there eyes. I feel like when u look into my eyes i feel so venerable and people...
    eyeslikestars eyeslikestars 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2010

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    Eye Balling - This depends who i am talking to,it can be a case of i feel i want to let them know i'm interested but if i don't  look them in the eye they might think i'm not...
    Petrica13 Petrica13 31-35, M Feb 11, 2012

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    I Can Do Eye Contact Just Fine If I'm In A Good Mood But Uh. - I don't like to lie at all, but I don't like to share everything, so to speak. ...Whenever I'm not in the mood or...
    AmbiguousEntity AmbiguousEntity 16-17 1 Response Oct 2, 2012

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    Eye Contact Prob - I'm very shy and I am very uncomfortable talking to people in person, so when people talk to me in person i dont look at their eyes.actually, even when someone...
    satinriver88 satinriver88 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 12, 2011

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    I Dont Want To Send The Wrong Message Or Creep Anyone Out... - I don't like looking guys in the eye because I feel like since im gay, they might think Im flirting with or trying to...
    SumthnPersnl10 SumthnPersnl10 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 31, 2010

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    Extremely Uncomfortable - Are you really supposed to maintain eye contact during every conversation you have? I try to be polite and professional while in meetings for work; but...
    HayBail HayBail 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 6, 2013

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    Its Quite Frustrating. - People tend to trust others who look them in the eye when they talk, its respectful, but i just have problems doing it. It makes me very uncomfortable...
    gracedoesntknow gracedoesntknow 16-17, F Jan 11, 2013

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    Act Of Aggression - To me, staring into someone's eyes is aggressive. That's how it is in the animal kingdom too; if you stare at them, they'll kill you!I don't mind if people...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 7, 2012

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    Eye Contact - It makes me feel awkward looking at peoples eyes. It puts me off and I get paranoid about what they are thinking or seeing. I know it is supposed to be respectful but...
    JadedJewel JadedJewel 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2011

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    Whenever I'm thinking about something personal or private I am afraid to make eye contact because I feel like if someone looked into my eyes they would know exactly what I'm...
    nicoleblu nicoleblu 18-21, F Mar 17

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    When The Eyes Look At Me, I Look Another Direction. - I've had problems with self esteem for as long as I could remember. Thats one reason I lack to look at people. But at the same...
    NewPersonUnderConstruction NewPersonUnderConstruction 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 27, 2010

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    Looking Away - It's been a while since I realised that I have problems with maintaining an eye contact with people. No matter who am I talking to, a stranger (this particular case...
    kj666 kj666 18-21, F Apr 24, 2013

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    Er, Do You Mind Facing Your Eyes Somewhere Else? - I find it quite awkward to maintain eye contact. I do try, because I'm aware that it can appear rude because people might think...
    ForestSong ForestSong 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 13, 2010

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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...
    anttang anttang 22-25, F Jul 4, 2013

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    Breaking The Habit - I can't remember if I always have had this problem, but I've been trying to fix it. I force myself to look people in the eye for as long as possible (without...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2010

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    Dont Look At Me - I dont know why but i cant look into some ones eyes its not that hard when some guy means mugs me i just keep looking untill he looks way but if a girl does it...
    individualanarchist individualanarchist 18-21, M Dec 4, 2011

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    I'm Trying To Overcome This Inhibition - First of all, this is one hard behavior to change! Even the slightest return glance and I am immediately breaking eye contact. It doesn't...
    Imzogelmo Imzogelmo 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 17, 2010

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    Maybe I'm Mildly Autistic - I find it quite intense and sometimes frightening maintaining eye contact for a long time. I try and maintain eye contact for as long as polite, and...
    emptyroads emptyroads 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 12, 2010

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    Eye Contact Is Painful! - At times I have had trouble maintaining eye contact with others. It sometimes happens when I'm not on form and don't want people to see a jaded version of...
    mjfletcher01 mjfletcher01 31-35 2 Responses Oct 11, 2010

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    Nervous - If I am nervous, I can't look into someone's eyes for long at all. I don't really like closeness, so I guess that's why. I will meet your eyes as much as I can, but...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 11 Responses Oct 24, 2010

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    Silent Eye Contact - I hate moments when I'm required to make eye contact with someone in silence. For example, the other day I went to a casino, and there were guards standing at...
    SuperAquaboy SuperAquaboy 22-25, M Oct 13, 2011

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    I Can't Do It! - I can't look into someone's eyes. I just can't . It's like trying to put two magnets together and they repel away. It's just not possible. My eyes automatically...
    hayleybluebear hayleybluebear 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2012

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    With Strangers - It's hard for me to keep eye contact with a stranger/someone I've never spoken to. I've heard that if you're a female and you hold someone's gaze for an extended...
    endofseptember endofseptember 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 28, 2010

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    Don't Look At Me… - …I shy! No wait look at me! Look at me!…no wait don't look at me …I shy… You look at me directly and I look every where else, your nose, your...
    Josiejorea Josiejorea 26-30, F Jan 11, 2013

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    When The Eyes Look At Me, I Look Another Direction. - I've had problems with self esteem for as long as I could remember. Thats one reason I lack to look at people. But at the same...
    NewPersonUnderConstruction NewPersonUnderConstruction 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2010

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    So Many Flaws - Whenever I look into peoples eyes I feel like there looking at each and everyone of my flaws which is a lot so I just dont look up anymore because to me its better...
    LittleLilyLove LittleLilyLove 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 8, 2013

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    Do People Really Expect Eye Contact? - I always look at people's mouths. Is that really really weird? Sometimes I think it's partly a hearing issue. Do people see me as weird...
    lilylilyrose lilylilyrose 56-60, F 2 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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    Please Don't Notice My Imperfections - The reason why I have problems maintaining eye contact is not only is it awkward but it is because of my obviously uneven eyes. I don't want...
    GirlWithThePWSBM GirlWithThePWSBM 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 12, 2013

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    Staring Contest - a friend of mine who has past on would say .....WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT A STARING CONTEST?
    Asianblue Asianblue 41-45, F Aug 5, 2012

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    The Need To Rip My Eyes Away -   I can remember reading Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book" when Bagheera is telling his story about being born in captivity...
    Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 16, 2009

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    Not As Much As I Used To, - I used to have such a hard time making eye contact.  I have a hard time talking with people too.  I had social anxiety soo bad.  Then I stopped going...
    jcue1976 jcue1976 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2011

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    I can't maintain eye contact whenever I'm being praised, complimented or congratulated. I always either look at the ground or my eyes dart everywhere. I don't know why it's so...
    nicoleblu nicoleblu 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    With Certain People - I can look people I am comfortable with in the eye when I'm talking with them. They're looking me in the eye at the same time. Then there are some people...
    Morgause Morgause 41-45, F Sep 15, 2011

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    Not All The Time, But... - Whenever I'm guilty of something, and people get suspicious and question me, I can't seem to look at them....at least not the eyes. I'll try focusing on...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 3, 2011

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    I Don'T Want To Be Stared At - When I'm taking to teachers or anyone that I don't know too well it's really hard because I don't want them to look at my face because I am so...
    flawlesswonder16 flawlesswonder16 13-15, F Mar 13, 2013

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    I'm An Aspie - My main problem is that I'm an Aspie with A.D.D./HD.
    lastdaysman lastdaysman 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 17, 2011

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    Eye To Eye - I'm not sure I'm in the right place w/this story. You tell me. I have no problem dead eying peoples. I sit in a wheelchair. This is only 8 mos. old for me and I am...
    ladymaggs ladymaggs 56-60, F 2 Responses May 14, 2011

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    I love looking into people's eyes it's amazing. I is also i good way of connecting and showing condifence.
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    I know the eye color or phenomenon of central heterochromia in itself isn't as rare as some other eye colors but I never have met anyone with such an intense pattern in their eyes...
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    When I usually talk to girls their first thing that catches their attention is my greenish blue eyes specially due to the rarity of them in the are where I live I love my eyes...
    javies99 javies99 13-15, M Mar 19

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    anm52309 anm52309 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 22

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    for as long as I can remember I have had trouble expressing my feelings face to face with people for fear of disappointment or anger. Anyone else?
    anonymous534 anonymous534 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 25

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    My eyes are two different colors of green. I don't like it that much because it makes me stand out more which makes me uncomfortable. If that even makes sense haha. When I get...
    daniefaye32346 daniefaye32346 13-15, F 6 Responses Mar 28

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