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The advice to “look people straight in the eye” may not be as good and straightforward as it seems. Most would agree that looking away from a conversation partner can convey feelings of intimidation or a lack of confidence. However, being too close and too intense can  also have an adverse effect, in which case it may help to literally take a step back to solve any proximity issues. Regarding the notion that “liars never look you straight in the eye,” research actually shows that the reverse is true. According to a recent study, people who told lies were much more likely to look people in the eyes in order to gauge whether or not they were being believed. Experts believe that people are drawn to eyes that look back at them because it helps them lay the foundation for the development of social skills  later in life.


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