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Eye Contact (Overview)

Babies love looking in their parents' eyes, and eye contact can help strengthen the parent-child bond. Just don't be too eager; respect babies wishes when they've had enough and look away.


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Please advise if it's normal to not want to make eye contact with others?

Please advise if it's normal to not want to make eye contact with others?

Lack of eye contact: May be learned behavior or self esteem issue, have a talk with your doc, may suggest you talk with a psychologist. ...Read more

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Eye Contact (Overview)

Babies love looking in their parents' eyes, and eye contact can help strengthen the parent-child bond. Just don't be too eager; respect babies wishes when they've had enough and look away.


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Is it normal to avoid eye contact with people every time?

Is it normal to avoid eye contact with people every time?

No, it is not normal: Making eye contact with other people is a basic societal norm and part of social etiquette. Conversely, not ever making eye contact with others can be a sign of societal dysfunction, or psychological issues like paranoia or depression. If you are finding that you are avoiding eye contact with others, see your doctor, or, go directly to a psychiatrist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

Could be many things: Making eye contact opens a person up and that makes some people uncomfortable. There are endless possibilities why so guessing is not a good idea. The best way to find out is to ask but ask in a way that is not accusatory. Since the word "refuses" is used i wonder if you are frustrated that the patient is not listening to you. Ask the patient if they know they are not making eye contact with you. ...Read more

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Visual changes normal when making eye contact for a long time?

Visual changes normal when making eye contact for a long time?

Dry eye: Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ountment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone gives you little or no eye contact ?

Shy: I would say the most likely thing is that the person may simply be shy. We have all seen young children who hide behind their mothers legs and will not look at you. Certaninly other types of behavior can lead to this also. If a patient has an eye disease of certain type, such as inflammatory eye disease, they may be light sensitive and not look at you simply due to lighting situations. ...Read more

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I find it really hard to keep eye contact and find in a conversation I end up looking away from them for most of it is this normal?

I find it really hard to keep eye contact and find in a conversation I end up looking away from them for most of it is this normal?

Common: There is a kind of intimacy from direct gaze and it is normal to avert the glance at times. If you completely look away this might be interpreted as a lack of attention. ...Read more

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