Why You Feel Awkward with People Who Wear Masks
It’s not unusual to feel awkward when you’re talking with people who are wearing masks. Let’s review the different kinds of gazing so you can better understand your feelings and bring your unconscious biases into consciousness.
High-powered people in business keep their gaze between the person’s eyes and their forehead. This is called power gazing.
In a social setting, the gaze shifts to between the person’s eyes and their mouth. This is called social gazing.
In an intimate setting, the social gaze deepens to between the person’s eyes and their suprasternal notch. This gaze is called intimate gazing and is a subconscious mate assessment.
Your Default Gaze and the Mask
If your default gaze (the gaze that makes you feel most comfortable) is the social gaze, you will feel awkward when someone is wearing a mask because you cannot see their mouth. You will be forced into power gazing (business gazing) and you will feel less friendly.
If you are aware of your unconscious bias that tells you that you are less friendly, you can override it.
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