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 nervous about them seeing...maybe seeing past my facade to who I am and not liking it maybe? Whatever it is, it intimidates the hell outta me.
This issue came up during my brief stint seeing a psychologist. One of the ways to get out of having to come anymore was that I had to, on 5 separate occasions during the hour, make uninterrupted eye contact for 30 seconds. Unfortunately, I wasn't commited to the counseling and just wanted out at the time and simply saw this as a challenge...and I tend to rise to a challenge pretty well and so I did it and got out of having to go back. My abilities to make eye contact in real life sadly did not drastically improve after that.