Psychologists are attaching new significance to the power inherent in eye contact between people — an experience increasingly being lost in our era of impersonal, electronic communication.

Numerous studies are now indicating the positive effects of eye contact in many types of human interactions.  Eye gazing stimulates marriage partners to feel closer to one another.  In less intimate relationships, appropriate eye contact is shown to foster trust.  Looking and smiling at someone during conversation also increases one’s own attractiveness, according to some studies.

Eye contact was the subject of a presentation to the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists on April 1.  Mental heath professionals attending the meeting were counseled to encourage more eye contact between their clients with marital challenges.

Read this entertaining and informative article in the Mormon Times.