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I Have Trouble Making Eye Contact

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 170 People

    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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    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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    My Biggest Fear..

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

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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 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 25, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 66-70 Apr 11, 2010

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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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    Eye contact has always been hard for me. Today, I had 5-6 rooms upstairs that needed cleaning. They were all marked as stay overs, and the head house keeper told me to start with...
    TellyLuv TellyLuv 22-25, F 1 hr ago

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    I have social phobia and cant make eye contact!
    Lashary Lashary 26-30, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I have a blue eyes with a greenish tinge in the middle, also a purplish rim around the iris. Weird eh?
    BasilFawlty89 BasilFawlty89 26-30, M 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    Hi, my name is Amber, I'm eighteen years old and I have a crush on my professor. It was a hopeless case from the start. Class only started two weeks ago and already I'm head over...
    AmberTheShyGirl AmberTheShyGirl 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    So I messaged my ex again. I just couldn't help myself. I told her that I still didn't move on but I am really trying. She's an ocean away so it does hurt me. I told her that if I...
    ShesGottaBeTheOne ShesGottaBeTheOne 22-25, M 1 day ago

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    My eyes are so dark, you can see the moon and the stars.   
    thebustierthebetter thebustierthebetter 46-50, M 3 days ago

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    So I gotta’ get this outta’ my system. I don’t know if there’s anyone I can really talk to or anyone who’ll really listen without spouting off some cheap catchphrase...
    FluttershyLabeouf FluttershyLabeouf 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Sometimes I just feel like giving up. Waking up everday carrying this pain of social anxiety is ruining my life. I have days where im positive and optimistic, then I have days like...
    painfullyconfident painfullyconfident 22-25, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Sunday nights are my worst nights.
    lifealwayschanges lifealwayschanges 41-45, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Hi, im a new member to ep and i have cp. I have only had my diagnosis for around a year despite being born that way. I have the ataxic type of cp along with some athetoid features...
    cinderellas2016eyes cinderellas2016eyes 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have recently have started sleeping over with my girl but i have trouble falling asleep with her on my side. need help
    mithil mithil 18-21, M a week ago

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    johnkmolloy johnkmolloy 22-25, M Feb 2

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    I will never forget the way you always looked at me. You always just stared at me with that beautiful smile of yours and held my hand so tight. The look in those magnificent eyes...
    Broken31 Broken31 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 1

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    My family used to be in the military so we moved around a lot, especially when I was young. Making friends has always been hard for me. I was always the new kid, or the friends...
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies 18-21, F Feb 1

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    If you cannot look me in the eye then I know honesty with you is not real.
    Ama13579 Ama13579 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    Talking to a boy i really like then looking up and seeing he is looking at me. He once said i have beautiful eyes. I miss talking to him.
    puppylove42 puppylove42 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I am a 27 year old third son out of four with NPD parents from New Jersey where I lived in my parents' house until I graduated from high school. I distinctly remember being 13 (and...
    dylster15 dylster15 26-30, M Jan 31

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    Communication is hard for me. And when I try and make an online friend it never works because I come off as hostile and just so standoffish. I'm really not... I'm just so terrible...
    Rucbrar Rucbrar 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 30

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    I had a personal best yesterday. At work, I had to deal with a patient who chewed my *** out over everything, no matter what it was. Even if it didn't pertain to her, she was going...
    ladypirates0007 ladypirates0007 22-25, F Jan 28

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    I need a new mattress... What's the best kind to get so that you don't wake up everyday with a sore back?
    gigi1425 gigi1425 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    I used to, now with better knowledge I don't have trouble with criticism but I have trouble with ignorants!
    FierceFox FierceFox 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    For me I am always scared to tell people what I feel. Cause I always fear that they might reject me or ignore me from now on. I feel so retarded because of it >.< ...
    Potchii Potchii 22-25, M Jan 26

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    Is there anything more intimate than that? It makes the pleasure that much more intense.
    diablow diablow 41-45, M Jan 26

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    I have doll eyes ...i have brown doll eyes. I am a living doll
    Angelinawhitepromdresseveryday Angelinawhitepromdresseveryday 16-17, F Jan 25

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    I was born with it. This disorder has really changed my life. All my symptoms of it: ----I tend to be socially anxious at times, not know what to say, I am not very good at...
    RainbowBlaze RainbowBlaze 13-15 2 Responses Jan 25

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    Up late every night. Always have to much on the mind 😕
    Southernbelle94 Southernbelle94 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    My brain can process criticism. I know when it's true or when people are being unfair, and I'm okay with that. But in that very moment I cannot control my emotions. My eyes will...
    Annelina Annelina 18-21, F Jan 23

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    I need some advice please. A friend has been in a 20 year relationship (no kids, not married). Six of those years have been sexless and loveless. Lots of damage was done and now...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 23

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    Sometimes I'll never know if it was helpful or filled with malice because I tune a lot of stuff out
    Iamalostcause Iamalostcause 22-25, M Jan 22

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