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I Have Trouble Making Eye Contact

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 163 People

    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 1 Response Jul 4, 2013

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    It Really Makes Me Seem Weird...

    I've always suffered from some degree of social anxiety disorder, but in the recent years, and I'm not sure why, it has lessened in degree. I no longer have instant panic attacks when in groups of people and can function more or less normally in day to day activities. However...
    EnigmaVest EnigmaVest 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 23, 2009

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    Almost Impossible

    Making eye contact is one thing I've always struggled with.  I can't look a person in the eye for more than a few seconds before having to look away.  Somedays I really do try, but I find other people's stares to be absolutely piercing.  I'm not sure what I'm...
    shygirl14 shygirl14 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 14, 2009

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    Difficulty

    I don't know why, but i find this difficult, for no apparent reason.
    jubeanation jubeanation 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 24, 2009

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    Look Into My Eyes...

    ...look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around my eyes, look into my eyes *click* You're under. Yeah, instead I look all around the room, probably seeming like a right knob as I feign interest in an ordinary light fixture or some other...
    newmurderer newmurderer 70+ Apr 11, 2010

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    In Another Group Like This...

    I said how I hope to restore my ability to have eye contact.
    XxJamberxX XxJamberxX 18-21, F Feb 20, 2011

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    My Biggest Fear..

    is to look directly into someone else's eyes
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 22-25, F Nov 30, 2010

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    I Don't Like It

    I find it kind of awkward at times, it's like people can see into you i guess, plus i don't trust people with my feelings at all. It also makes me feel so self conscious. x
    deschanel deschanel 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    Makes Me Feel Awkward

    Awkward and uncomfortable. That's how I feel when I have to look someone in the eyes. I have to consciously force myself to make eye contact....especially when talking to strangers or people I barely know.
    Scarlet2 Scarlet2 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 25, 2011

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    But...

    I'm getting better.  I finally recognized my faults and now I'm working on them.  I'm determined to be better.  Must make eye contact with at least five people, each day.  However, I've noticed that when I reach five, I keep going... UPDATE: October 2009 A few...
    ChevyGirl ChevyGirl 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 6, 2009

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    Can't Stand It.

    i have a problem looking striaght into peoples eyes. it's feels weird. exspecially with like someone i like, or love, like a boyfriend.
    gothicromantic gothicromantic 16-17, F Aug 7, 2009

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    Hiding My Soul

    People say that if they looked into your eyes, they could see your soul. So, I hide my eyes behind my hair in case they see through my mask and realize that I have been faking smiles and happiness all along.
    SomewhereTomorrow SomewhereTomorrow 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2009

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    I'm not sure why but I just can't do it. I really try but it just weirds me out for some reason. I can't hold eye contact for long and I find myself staring just past the person I...
    SomeBloke616 SomeBloke616 16-17, M 1 Response Oct 27

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    I like to make eye contact with cute guys. Once they look at me. I don't look at them anymore. I start to blush and I look ugly blushing I heard that from guys.
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Eye contact: how souls catch on fire....
    SweetEmotions SweetEmotions 36-40, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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    It doesn't have to be constant, but it is important. The eyes are the root of the soul they say. Honesty is seen in the eyes.
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 6 Responses Nov 16

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    I stay up till late hours of the night trying to fall asleep. My eyes feel strained ! And im tired but i cant gall asleep.
    amberlxl amberlxl 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    not always but sometimes.. there was this one time a girl and i exchanged few glances and it felt like i have already met her before.like i already know her. but i was too shy and...
    Camouflage Camouflage 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    During my first years of college, I had awfully high and superficial standards of guys. Eventually, I realized that it's the personality that matters. The problem is that I keep...
    Chocolatecakes22 Chocolatecakes22 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 27

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    All I ever wanted was a boyfriend. So I got one eventually my prudish behaviors pushed him away. I mean he was a horny footballer after all. I never kissed him or anything romantic...
    LoveCove LoveCove 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 1

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    Okay, so basically I had a girlfriend around 3/4 years ago. We had gone out for 2 years but I was attending university so we decided (/I decided) we should go our separate ways...
    shellofaboy shellofaboy 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 6

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    When I have so much on my mind, I can never fall asleep. And even if I manage to fall asleep, I'll wake up before I get enough sleep. I should be sleeping right now. But instead, I...
    aew11 aew11 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 10

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    I haven't been able to sleep in a long while now. It's becoming frustrating and I've sought treatment options. None of it worked. My doctor pointed out it could be linked to...
    NeoxExor NeoxExor 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 12

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    My fiancé has betrayed my trust. I have no evidence he's ever cheated on me, however I found one earth-shattering e-mail from him to his ex a week after our engagement. The letter...
    msdice msdice 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 14

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    People always tell me my eyes are so beautiful! It makes me so happy :)
    2grunge4u 2grunge4u 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 7

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    I have big caribian blue eyes :)
    ooprincess27oo ooprincess27oo 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 19

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    After serving 4years and giving my life for the country and it's people I've noticed a few things. One, the government in which we are ruled by does things that would get a single...
    ManOfLegend ManOfLegend 22-25, M Nov 7

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    Especially when someone is asking you questions and staring at you while you're trying to answer..
    boley1501 boley1501 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    Makes me uncomfortable. ;A;
    SunsetTears SunsetTears 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Mostly with those really weird mofo's that stare just a little bit too long and intensely.
    bombchu bombchu 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    When a guy tell you to kill yourself? Okie den? Thanks for your input
    XXburnttoastXX XXburnttoastXX 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I hate sleeping alone..I know it sounds dumb but it's just nice being next to someone.
    SunshineH316 SunshineH316 22-25, F Nov 7

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    I'm bored and want to text anyone want to talk to me.
    Foreverrobin Foreverrobin 56-60 Nov 8

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    is my wife is bi everytime we watch **** movies she likes girls with big boobs and hot bodies of women is she fantasies other women?
    pazach pazach 31-35 1 Response Nov 8

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    On a different note my boyfriend's ex girlfriend suddenly blocked me on social networks like IG and all, for no apparent reason. Eversince the beginning I knew she tried...
    ThePorcelainDoll ThePorcelainDoll 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 9

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    I don't seem to be able to do what I need to do. Even though I know it is what is good for me. (Exercise more) All I dwell on is the pain it causes and not how much better I feel...
    Koabyte Koabyte 51-55, M Nov 15

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    I want to sleep wo worries
    111gadafy 111gadafy 31-35, M Nov 16

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    Wether texting or talking. Stuttering and cramps came after heart attacks. Lovely.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Nov 17

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    It started when i was a kid. I saw a blackshadow running and then it stopped. And then it vanished. And when my pet dog died. I saw its spirit running inside my room and i heard...
    yodatheching yodatheching 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    EyesPause EyesPause 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 16

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    Cause I'm full of chocolate. It fills my soul.
    RainbowLoveFire RainbowLoveFire 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Some of you men may be able to somehow relate to my story headline, so you probably know how much it sucks when you've had the worst luck with women. As a man in my 30s, I have...
    dude2278 dude2278 31-35, M 6 days ago

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    My anxiety has really been getting to me lately. I've been worried about my friends, my family. I can't seem to focus on my own problems. When I do try to figure out my own...
    ImaginaryAlchemist ImaginaryAlchemist 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 15

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    It's actually hard to make other female female friends I'm guessing it's cause of my insecurities.. But I have trouble making friends in general
    kanashimi93 kanashimi93 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I'm a negative person. A pessimist at my best! It's tragic. I have no clue why I've let life do this to me for this long. I'm only 21 years old and I am already tired, bitter and...
    Theworldisminenow Theworldisminenow 18-21, F 10 Responses 1 day ago

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    so last Friday I finally talked to him and I finally found out what his name was. He told me his name was Brian! Aparently, we went to the same Elementary school but never really...
    zephaniahdiana zephaniahdiana 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 10

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    So this was friend B, whom I have mentioned before in other experiences. It grew to the point where all we did was fight. She would easily ditch me, it seemed like she was hiding...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 Nov 13