I'd be interested to hear from representatives of the various phenotypes on their attitudes and intuitions concerning eye contact, given that willingness to meet and hold a gaze is such a big differentiator when it comes to social affect. The typical human seems to find willingness to hold eye contact to be an overwhelmingly positive trait. A person with this facility will be percieved as open, agreeable and trustworthy (this can be translated to: I want to follow and please this dominant individual). However, holding a gaze can also stimulate aggression as a potential challenge. Therefore most people are most comfortable sharing a lot of eye contact with friends, and are somewhat less likely to initiate with strangers. Until a couple of years ago, I was unwilling to initiate eye contact with almost anyone. Before then, the most intense gaze I had ever met was that of a tiger considering me for a sundown snack. Subsequently, I've learnt not to be so bothered by eye contact, and now find my intuitions to be the reverse of those described for normies; I am quite happy to look strangers in the eye, not so much close friends and family. To me, it is quite obvious that eye contact is intrinsically aggressive, its popularity directly related to the mind-boggling human capacity for violence against other humans. Its proximal role is the efficient establishment of strength hierarchies, such that the 'craziest' and most dangerous reach dominance without quite as much actual fighting. Its apparently friendly role in neurotypical social relations can be attributed to the race to ape the crazies, generating a 'purity spiral of violence', whose asymptote was crystallised into an abstract currency which proved useful for large scale organisation of mass carnage. Effectively, the comforting message that eye contact signals to a neurotypical social group is "we are the biggest, baddest motherest fuckerest 'boons on the shitheap and we can TAKE OUT any ENEMY, even if we never had a problem with them before five minutes ago and as long as the local melonhead tells us to" Therefore eye contact habits in sapiens are thanks to their being hierarchical mass violence savants. This is consistent with Tex's conception of most moderns as bipedal fleshy 'daleks' genetically engineered to exterminate. Any thoughts, all ye phenotypically diverse Internet oddlings?