Ever had a "staredown" with someone?
June 10, 2007 8:23am CST
A staredown is a part of an argument where you are actually standing up against a dominant or intimidating figure, and you're standing your ground. There are no words spoken, only a locking of the eyes, the dominant person thinks that by doing this they can scare you into stepping back or agree with them. But when you know that what you are saying is right, then it doesn't matter who you're up against, you won't stand down. It's kind of like those two cowboys looking at each other in a western movie, right before they pull out their guns and shoot. I had a stare down like that last week with someone in authority and I knew I was absolutely right, and I didn't want to be intimidated into admitting that I wasn't. It does take some courage in standing up to any figure in authority, but after that when I thought about the "staredown" that we had, it just looked so cool! So have you ever had a staredown like that with someone?
10 Jun 07
Vega, I know you think you are cool and I agree you are cool. But staring is not cool so I hope this is not one of your favorite activities. If that staring with that person of authority took place in a "friendly" environment and you were in the right, ok, I will make an exception. You are still cool. But please do not go play staring games with ruffians on the streets. We have many cases reported here (and our country is like among the safest places in the word), and people do DIE (you know? DIE as in DIE as in DIE as in permanently terminated on Earth?) from staring games after fights break out. I like you too much to want to see you *** so soon.
10 Jun 07
Oh, no it's not like that, I don't stare at random people. It was actually a quite heated situation with someone I know, and I'm not one to back down when I know I'm right. I'm not disrespectful and I don't yell but I don't allow anyone to intimidate me either. I usually don't get into fights anyway, so don't worry about it.. Especially with strangers, I can barely keep enough eye contact to flirt with someone, let alone participate in staring contests with them, ha ha.
22 Jul 07
ha ha, I would LOVE to be able to stare somebody down but I have a lazy eye which means that the pupils sort of drifts over to the right side of the eyeball, which usually provokes laughter in the person I am trying to stare out! OK, it does usually lighten the mood, but I would love to be able to keep both eyes where I want them to be lol.
10 Jun 07
I believe that eye contact is a very important thing and when I talk to people face to face then I do that a lot as you can tell a lot about people through thier eyes. Anywas, yes I have had staredowns with people (usually people who try to stare me into the ground as to speak, which is a bad call with me) and I just looked at this person "locked" my vision and just "switched off", which meant that nothing is happening around me at all...so people tend to back down. I have also been told that I have a good advantage being tall and apparently a threatening demeanor..not sure if that is a good or bad thing! I remember when I was young a physiotherapist I knew quite well wanted to have a staring contest and she sat there (I was short then!) and he tried several times and could not handle my gaze...apparently I have a freaky stare/gaze, and my eyes look funny!