The Importance of Eye Contact

The Art of Manliness – one of my favorite blogs – has an excellent post on the importance of maintaining eye contact with others. Leadership is a major topic here on Confederate Colonel, and eye contact is a social matter – actually, a social skill – that every Southern gentleman should practice.

The article not only discusses the reasons why it is so important, but why such a simple thing often seems so difficult. I know that I often have to remind myself of this and make a real conscious effort to make good eye contact when talking with others. I suspect that I am not alone in that.

Here are some of the key points. Be sure to read the full post.

Numerous studies have shown that people who make higher-levels of eye contact with others are perceived as being:

  • More dominant and powerful
  • More warm and personable
  • More attractive and likeable
  • More qualified, skilled, competent, and valuable
  • More trustworthy, honest, and sincere
  • More confident and emotionally stable


Why Eye Contact Is Vitally Important for Creating Positive Connections with Others

  • Our eyes were made to connect.
  • Our eyes reveal our thoughts and feelings.
  • Eye contact shows attention.
  • Eye contact creates an intimate bond.

Read the entire post here. This is indicated as “Part 1″, so watch for Part 2.

Added 02/12/2012 – Part 2 of this series can be seen here.

About Stephen Clay McGehee

Born-Again Christian, Grandfather, husband, business owner, Southerner, aspiring Southern Gentleman. Publisher of The Confederate Colonel and The Southern Agrarian blogs. President/Owner of Adjutant Workshop, Inc., Vice President - Gather The Fragments Bible Mission, Inc. (Sierra Leone, West Africa), Webmaster - Military Order of The Stars and Bars, Kentucky Colonel.
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