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(NPR)   This just in: people are intimidated by eye contact   ( divider line
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3979 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Oct 2013 at 3:23 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-03 12:10:42 AM  
7 votes:
The secret to avoiding the intimidation that comes along with eye contact is to look at a person's lower ear lobe instead. Not both earlobes, that's pretty much impossible, just one. Just focus both eyes on, say, the left earlobe. The person who's trying to trap you in his gaze will not realize at first that you're not making eye contact and will continue speaking as he otherwise might. This will be enough to get you through most conversations.

Unfortunately, some people can be long winded. In these cases, the speaker may eventually realize that your gaze is off by a few degrees. You've been listening attentively, though, nodding at appropriate moments and verbalizing a few agreeable uh huhs or yeahs, and what he'll think is that it's actually his gaze that has shifted. And so what he'll do is lean ever so slightly sideways to make eye contact again. When this happens, what you need to do is smile and nod (this distracts his attention; the smile along with the nodding affirmation makes him believe that he's made an exceptionally good point) and then once more shift your gaze to his ear lobe.

This will usually work, in the end. In rare circumstances, with especially long-winded speakers, you may find that you've had to adjust your gaze enough times that you and your conversation partner are actually facing each other with your heads on the table, ears pressed against the surface as a result of all the subtle sideways shifts you've needed to make. This is problematic in that you have no further room to lean and his earlobe is now out of sight. No worries; the escape here is to act as though something has just bitten your ankle. Yelp in surprise, make a stammering apology, and escape. Winner: You.
2013-10-03 03:46:19 AM  
6 votes:
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half credit?
2013-10-03 12:02:51 AM  
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2013-10-03 04:03:04 AM  
3 votes:

sendtodave: Look at people's cheeks. Polite, and non-aggressive.

What if they're sitting down?
2013-10-03 06:17:30 AM  
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2013-10-03 04:19:04 AM  
2 votes:
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2013-10-03 01:41:08 PM  
1 vote:
Really? I'm the first? Come on, slackers.

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2013-10-03 09:34:31 AM  
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2013-10-03 05:50:30 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah, well, gazing at their feet while knocking a claw hammer against the wall has always been persuasive enough for me.

/F*cking bozos intimidated by eye contact.
2013-10-03 05:08:45 AM  
1 vote:

andynz81: I guess eye contact is intimidating if your interactions with others are innately confrontational, but it's also a natural and positive part of many a shared, empathetic moment.

Who says I want a shared, empathetic moment?

I always find that I think people are convinced I'm lying, even if it's stupid. By then I've already gotten flustered and look worse. Look, just give me the damn two fives and a ten so I can get out of this line.

/Yep, I'm awkward.
2013-10-03 04:40:57 AM  
1 vote:

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OH shiat! TITAN!

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2013-10-03 04:22:06 AM  
1 vote:

Danger Avoid Death: haolegirl: No pic of Marty Feldman? Bummed...

Go up 5 from your Boobies.

And there it is! (to be honest I didn't see it because I was looking for Igor, silly me) and who told you those were MY boobies...farkin big-mouths!
2013-10-03 03:36:25 AM  
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2013-10-03 03:32:52 AM  
1 vote:

Yes this is dog: Joelogon: [ image 575x484]

What the hell is wrong with you? Now my kids can't get to sleep.

/That was worse than what shows up in an insect/spider thread.

Here's something much less frightening than Michelle Bachman to help your kids get to sleep: Full Size

You're welcome.
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