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What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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