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2013-10-03 04:20:55 AM  
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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.
2013-10-03 03:46:19 AM  
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2013-10-03 09:34:31 AM  
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2013-10-03 08:17:05 AM  
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What intimidates me is hugging.  I'm totally revolted by the affected Californian custom of greeting every acquaintance with an embrace.  In some cultures it is common thing for male friends to meet with a heartfelt embrace, and this is a charming thing to see, but among pudgy, shorts and sandal wearing Americans (who execute it bent well forward at the waist for fear of looking gay) it is a mockery.  It's literally nauseating to see one of these twerps coming at me with arms held out.  They should all be abandoned in anaconda infested swamps where they can enjoy the hug of a lifetime.

Eye contact is a lesser offender.  Like most lecturers I have been naively advised to strive to maintain eye contact with my students on the principle that this will help keep their attention, which I can testify confidently is a load of horse shiate.  What puts people off is someone droning monotonously from his notes, not the fact that his nose is down in the lectern while he does it.  What your teacher trainer never acknowledges is that students make little eye contact with their instructor, no matter the quality of his presentation, because they find it more helpful to look at their texts, notes, the board, or the screen than at the space above his pie hole.  In my experience, much eye contact is a sign that you're losing people, not reaching them.  Or that you have marker ink smeared on your face.

2013-10-03 06:17:30 AM  
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2013-10-03 04:40:57 AM  
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2013-10-03 04:29:02 AM  
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Really? I was taught that it's very rude NOT to make eye contact. One of the reasons I dislike video Skyping with people is that it throws off the natural dynamic - to make eye contact you have to stare at the camera, not their eyes.
2013-10-03 04:03:04 AM  
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sendtodave: Look at people's cheeks. Polite, and non-aggressive.

What if they're sitting down?
2013-10-03 04:01:31 AM  
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Look at people's cheeks. Polite, and non-aggressive.
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