how do you make eye contact?

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/2/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
sounds like a silly question. but since i started to fear eye contact i kind of forgot what etiquette wouild be - right now if i'm walking down the hall at work and i see some one, i'll say hi, look them in the eye and then a second later look away, i feel like its so awkward if i keep staring at them....

is it normal to look away right away?????
i know i feel awkard and thats why i look away but maybe its normal ?

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   Posted 4/2/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   

some anxiety sufferers find it difficult to make eye contact at all, they can practice by looking at the TV newsreaders eyes, the anxiety at first is the same

if eye contact is difficult, look at their forehead

otherwise the rules of eye contact vary from place to place and you will need to watch people talking  locally to see how they do it, too much can be unnerving, so can too little or none, sunglasses help you to observe anonymously

in some cultures, eye contact is taken as a threat, such as in prisons

sometimes the inferior person shouldnt use eye contact as a sign of respect, in some countries

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional
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